PTF Tasked to Nigeria for Consultation

Lawyers for more than 40,000 Nigerians have recently settled a lawsuit against Shell Oil in the United Kingdom which had demanded action in remediating a series of oil spills that have ravaged the countryside for decades. At the request of a team of local Nigerians, a Pathfinders Task Force (PTF) Liaison Team deployed to Lagos, Abuja, and Port Harcourt, and then into the Rivers’State to conduct a rapid situational assessment and provide expert consulting regarding possible ways to address the oil spills’ impacts. The widespread devastation is painfully obvious.

Nigerian Armed Forces Guard with PTF Survey Crew in Rivers, Nigeria

The PTF Liaison Team deployed to Nigeria with the Virtual Badge software, a smartphone app developed to improve decision-making during emergency operations. Virtual Badge was used to document the location of various oil spill impacts, as well as to document the real-time location of the PTF Liaison team for security purposes.

This initial rapid assessment was sent to the Nigeria Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project Coordinating Office in support of the Ogoni Land Remediation Project. More than 15 meetings with various levels of national, state, local, and tribal level governing bodies were held with PTF personnel. The assessment conducted by the PTF Liaison team could be used in the decision-making process for ongoing remediation operations as well as to assist in determining the tasking of contractors required to complete certain objectives.

Sample of Virtual Badge Control Center Monitoring PTF Liaison Team in Rivers, Nigeria
PTF Liaison Team and Nigeria Security Forces Initial Assessment Operations

The Pathfinders Task Force will be showcasing this and other recent operations in an upcoming webinar with the Quintana Advisory Corp on Tuesday, June 20th at 3:00pm. For more information and registration, please visit

For more information about the Pathfinders Task Force, please feel free to contact Matthew Campbell at any time.

Matthew Campbell

Pathfinders Task Force

(561) 329–0068

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