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Oil spill: communities clamour for compensation

28 November 2013, 15:05

Warri - Amoma-Francis Monday, Leader/Coordinator, All Communities affected by Shell Bonga Oil Spill in Niger Delta, on Thursday in Warri called for compensation for the communities affected by the oil spill.

Monday made the call after a team of experts from the Federal Ministry of Environment and Health concluded their findings on the impact of the Shell Bonga oil spill.

He told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the 2011 oil spill had brought about different ailments and untold hardship resulting in increased death of people living in 800 communities along the coastal belt.

Monday said that the situation prompted the group to draw the Federal Government’s attention to the affected communities.

“It was our letter that prompted the Federal Ministry of Environment, Health, and the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency to send experts to verify our allegations,” he said.

The coordinator said that the experts were able to administer 60 000 questionnaires on 80 out of the 800 communities along the coast of Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers to ascertain their challenges.

“We are supposed to administer 200 000 questionnaires but because of logistics, we were able administer only 60 000 in six days and these will be returned to government for evaluation.

 Fumilayo Oyeyipo, Deputy Director, Environmental Health and Sanitation Department, Federal Ministry of Environment said that the soil and water samples collected would be taken to their laboratory for analysis.

Oyeyipo gave the people assurance of government’s readiness to assist them and that the result of the analysis would be made known to the public as soon as it was ready.

In a remark, Holden Majebi, the community head of Egboroke in Ogheye, Warri North Local Government Area in Delta, thanked the experts for the august visit.

Majebi said that his wards had been living in penury since the oil spill and that the development had affected fishing, which was their major means of livelihood.

He appealed to the Federal Government and Shell to compensate them.

-   NAN


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