Communities seek Buhari’s intervention over oil spill
The Polobubo (Tsekelewu) Community in Warri North Council of Delta State has sought President Muhammadu Buhari’s intervention over the March 14, 2021 oil spillage in the community.
President of the Polobubo Bloc of Communities, Paul Toruwei, in a statement, decried the nonchalant attitude of management of the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) and Eland Oil & Gas (ELCREST), owners of the OML 40 facility where the spillage occurred.
He also blamed Delta State and the Federal Government for their negligence, lamenting that for over one week after the spillage, there was neither cleanup of the environment, nor provision of relief materials.
Toruwei said the people of the community had been left to their fate as the oil company and government had failed in their duty to care for them, but were only interested in how to explore oil from the facility.
He disclosed that NPDC and ELCREST have been sending their officials to the site of the spillage like divers to work without consulting the affected communities, adding that the Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) that was carried out was controversial as the parties were yet to agree on the cause of the spillage.
He charged the NPDC/ELCREST joint venture to consider the plight of the people of the host communities, who are suffering the adverse effects of the spillage from their facility rather than the desperation to commence operations.
Toruwei stated that some persons were still sick, while majority of the people had been dispossessed of their sources of livelihood and urged President Buhari and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Slyva to intervene with a view to minimising the effects of the spill.
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