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Bayelsa community laments Agip’s neglect of oil spill

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Indigenes of Okpoama Community, hometown of Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, have lamented the devastation of the environment caused by oil spill from the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) facilities.

The Guardian learnt that NAOC had neglected the oil spill, which occurred along its Ogoda-Brass trunk line at Iku-Iku in Okpoama Kingdom Brass Council of Bayelsa State for over two weeks.

Chairman of Okpoama Council of Chief (OCC), Chief Inikio Sele-Dede, who disclosed this in Yenagoa, said the spill had been severally reported to Agip but the oil firm had not responded.

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He added that the community also alerted agency responsible for pollution matters, Nigeria Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), but it had not equally responded.

He explained that the entire environment has been polluted, while aquatic lives and mangrove trees in the area had been badly affected.

Sele-Dede said he personally called a Senior Manager with NAOC, Dieneruo Dan-Jombo, who promised to take action, but thereafter refused to pick his calls, adding that the reported spill was the fifth in less than a year in the 49-year old Ogoda-Brass Trunk Line that feeds the Brass Terminal with crude oil for export.

Efforts to reach NAOC for comment on the matter proved abortive, as spokesman of the company failed to answer calls made to his telephone line.

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