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Reyenieju condemns response to oil spill

By Daniel Gumm
WARRI—MEMBER representing the Warri Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Mr. Daniel Reyenieju, has described official response to the June 6, 2009 crude oil spill in the loading jetty in Ijalla near Warri as not only criminal, but ungodly and wicked, even to be imagined,  let alone being real.

Speaking to newsmen in his constituency office in Warri, yesterday after  visiting the offices of National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA),Warri, Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), Ubeji; and later inspecting the destroyed parts of the loading jetty, some of the areas affected by the spill, and the dumping site for crude oil waste operated by Warri Refinery, the lawmaker noted that what he saw was “unimaginable and portended considerable danger even for those yet unborn.”

Briefing newsmen on the spill, Reyenieju said that “the issue of the usual alibi of sabotage by people of oil-bearing communities does not arise as this incident was clearly due to capsized oil tanker (J. S. AMAZING VESSEL) possibly due to operational error.”

The lawmaker said “when the spill occurred at about 1.00 a.m. on the 6th of this month, the NNPC in Warri had no single boom for containing the spread of such oil spill, and for days it was left unattended to.

“The result was the devastating spread due to the fast tidal movements of the rivers to different parts of the three Warri local government council areas of Warri South, Warri South-West and Warri North which have polluted the waters and vast expanse of the lands in the whole areas.”

He noted that since the incident, not an individual “has been given relief material.”
Reyenieju condemned what he described as “the lackadaisical and arrogant attitude of PPMC officials to what he described as the tragedy of the people of his constituency over the endless effects of oil spill which has consistently affected their means of livelihood and even underground waters.”

Speaking later to leaders of some of the affected communities, the law-maker assured them that the House of Representatives is deeply touched by what he described as “this gory incident,.” assuring them that the House will take the necessary steps to respond to the tragedy in accordance with its constitutional mandate.


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