EFFURUNâ€”THE people of Uvwie, Delta State have condemned the continued devastation of its environment by oil pollution allegedly caused by the NNPC and its subsidiary, the Warri Refining and Petrochemical Company (WRPC), calling onÂ President Umaru Yar’Adua to immediately set up a committee to look into the issue.
This was contained in aÂ press briefing with journalists in Effurun by the Uvwie General Improvement Union (UGIU).
According to the president general of UGIU, Olorogun Tuesday Onoge, â€œGlobal watchdog, Amnesty International in a recent report confirmed the age-long position of the Niger Delta, particularly the Uvwie community that pollution in this area have had devastating effects on the people of the area and, according to the report, â€œhas deprived tens of millions of people of their basic rights to safe food, clean water and healthâ€|.
He said the entire Uvwie people at home and in the Diaspora wish to commend amnesty international for joining the Niger Delta.
Onoge said Uvwie people had thought that the oil companies ought to be responsive to the mood and yearnings of the people in this regard.
Unfortunately, however, we have found out to our dismay that NNPC and its subsidiaries have taken it as a deliberate policy to ignore the plight of the Uvwie community and its environs by their continued and unabated gross insensitivity to the malaise.