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Residents flee communities over gas leakage

By Emma Amaize
WARRI—HUNDREDS of villagers from Opuedebubor, Azama and other Ijaw towns in Gbaramatu kingdom, Warri South-West local government area of Delta State, have fled their communities because of the pollution of the environment as a result of multiple leakages in the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, / Nigeria Gas Company, NGC, pipeline.

Some concerned villagers, last month, reported leakages at several points on the gas pipeline to the NGC, last month and called for quick intervention.

It was gathered that NNPC responded almost immediately by contracting a company to move to site and that the company actually moved to site 1 May 2010 and ostensibly finished repairs on 8 May.

But Secretary of Opuedebubor community, Mr. Mike Itima, confirmed to Vanguard yesterday that many people have fled the community, said, “we are suffering here, the contamination is heavy, people can no longer live here because of gas leakage, which is why they are fleeing.”

He said the villagers noticed three different points of leakage at first, adding that after the repairs by the company, “the leakage has become worse.”

Itima suggested that the NGC should give the contract for the repairs to another contractor for a better job to be done.


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