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Delta communities cry out over oil spillage

By Emma Amaize & Akpos Omafuaire
WARRI—ABOUT six communities reportedly affected by a recent oil spillage from Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, pipelines at Okpare-Olomu in the Ughelli South Local Government Area of Delta State have cried out to the state government and the firm  over the harmful effect of the spillage on their environment.

President and secretary of one the communities, Agbowhiame, Messrs. Dickson Odjo and Mr. Francis Apah respectively, appealed for a clean-up by the company and remediation to the people.

They said that the spillage which occurred at Okpare community had spread with the aid of water current to their communities— Erhuwaren, Iwhrekan, Otughievwen and Umolo.

”Three weeks ago, we discovered some black substances in our river, which we later found out was oil spill from an SPDC pipeline at Okpare-Olomu. We then wrote a letter to SPDC through Mr. Temu Aghwarentefe, the Community Relations Officer who later directed us to another office. But up to this moment, we have not heard from management of the company”, they lamented.

While calling on the Delta State Ministry of Environment to prevail on the company, they lamented that they cannot  drink and fish in the river anymore due to the oil spill, adding that their economic crops were  all affected.


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