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