Bayelsa Community calls for urgent intervention in continuous oil spillage

The Peremabiri community in Bayelsa on Friday decried the continuous unattended oil spillage in the area.

Mr Return Koma,  Chairman, Peremabiri  Community Development Committee, decried this in  a statement to newsmen in Yenagoa.

According to him,  a petroleum development company has been insensitive over an oil spill that occurred in the area since two weeks now.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the chiefs, elders, youths and women groups in the coastal settlement on the banks of River Nun in Southern Ijaw Local Government, said that the spill was yet to abate.

Koma said that the continuous discharge of crude  into the environment had pollutted the Nun river, swamps and farmlands,  causing untold hardships  to the predominantly fishing and farming settlements.

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He called on Bayelsa Government and regulators  to rise up to the occasion  and halt the leak.

He also called on Bayelsa State Ministry of Mineral Resources,  Ministry of Environment and  Environmental Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) like the Envronmental Rights Action,  to intervene.

Koma said that the leak had polluted the entire Diebu Creek area, adding that  Peremabiri community was currently bleeding profusely with oil spills.

He said that the whole river, swamps, ponds, farmlands and the general environment of the community had been devastated by the spillage .

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The chairman said that immediate remediation of the spill site was needed, while advocating a Joint Investigation Visit team to ascertain the remote causes of the incident.

He said the community needed relief materials,  comprehensive health care arrangements for the affected people .

Koma  urged residents in the various fishing and farming settlements along the spill site to relocate to safer locations in view of the health implications. 

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