OILÂ communities in Warri, Delta State, have issued a 14-day ultimatum to the headquarters of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) to expedite action on the process leading to the payment of compensation for last Juneâ€™s oil spill from a sunken oil vessel, J.S. Amazing, or face the wrath of the people.
In a letter addressed to the Director-General of NOSDRA by Meyiwa Erewa & Co, a consulting firm on behalf of the affected communities, they said having complied with NOSDRA rules and regulations and a Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) conducted and concluded, they were at a loss as to why NOSDRA has suddenly developed cold feet over issues of compensation.
The communities stated that even the Product and Pipeline Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in charge of the sunken oil vessel that caused the spill, had laid the delay in paying the compensation on NOSDRA.
They also maintained that NOSDRA office in Warri had not helped matters either.
â€œWe are raging for war to get our compensation and we believe that your urgent intervention will help maintain the existing peace.Â Your office should address this issue within two weeks to avoid any breach of the peace,â€ the communities warned.
It would be recalled that the said vessel , J.S. Amazing tankership, with registration No. Lagos International Maritime Organisation, IMO 730443, spilled its content into the tidal waters of Warri river on 6 June 2009 at the Jalla PPMC jetty due to equipment failure, with the PPMC/ship owners accepting liability.