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Agip disburses N7.5m for relief materials to oil spill victims

12 December 2013, 10:55

Yenagoa - The Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) has provided N7.5 million for the purchase of relief materials to victims of the November 27, 2013 oil spill in Bayelsa from its Brass oil export terminal.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that three coastal communities, Okpoama, Odioama and Brass in Brass Local Government Area received N2.5 million each.

The Chairman, Odioama Council of Chiefs, Francis Ikagi, confirmed the receipt of the money.

Ikagi said the Secretary of Oil and Gas community, Odioama, Evans Baribote, received the money on behalf of the community.

He said the community leaders in the affected communities were not happy with the amount released by the oil firm, adding that it was inadequate given the population of the area.

“It is like a drop in an ocean. It is peanuts to give Odioama with nearly 5 000 people a mere N2.5 million for relief materials.

“It is grossly inadequate for the massive spill, which has thrown our people out of fishing.

“Moreover, we noticed that some affected communities like Ewoama and others were left out.

“The Chiefs were not even consulted to know our peculiar needs, they unilaterally disbursed the money without assessing our plight,” Ikagi said.

NAOC on Monday commenced recovery and clean-up of crude discharged into the Atlantic Ocean from its oil export terminal off Bayelsa coastline.

Eni, Italian Energy firm and parent company of NAOC, said it was investigating the leakage, adding that the matter had been reported to the National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA).

-  NAN


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