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Community demands relief for oil spill victims

By Lucky Oji
WARRI—Opuama community, a major oil producer in Egbema Kingdom, Warri North local government area of Delta State, has given the management of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) two weeks ultimatum to send relief materials to the community, following the oil spillage that occurred there on the 4th of October, this year.

The ultimatum, which was contained in a statement issued by the community and signed by Chief Augustine J. Ukulor, the Amananawei of Opuama, and made available to newsmen in Warri yesterday, wondered why SPDC had bluntly refused to send relief materials to victims of the oil spillage, two months after its occurence, noting that the company had also refused to effect a clean up of the affected area, despite series of entreaties put to it by the community.

Chief Ukulor lamented that the victims, and the entire community, were now suffering due to SPDC’s nonchallant attitude to the people’s predicament.

He noted that immediately after the spillage on October 4, 2009, the community alerted the management of SPDC, “but unfortunately, till this moment, SPDC has not even made any attempt to send relief materials to the community.”

He said: “The spillage has destroyed all sources of livelihood in the community including aquatic life, farm produce, fish ponds and many more. We are not happy with the manner SPDC is treating the matter by neglecting its social responsibility to the community.”


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