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Groups urge FG to end gas flaring in N-Delta

By Akpokona Omafuaire

OGULAGHA—THE Federal Government has been urged to end gas flaring in the Niger Delta region in order to save lives and maintain a healthy environment.

The call was made by Centre for Environmental Protection and Justice, CEPEJ and leadership of Ogulagha Community of Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State, weekend, during the fifth edition of the Earth celebration.

According to Mr Sheriff Mulade, National Coordinator, CEPEJ: “We want the Federal Government to end gas flaring and illegal oil bunkering to maintain a healthy environment.  Gas flaring is an evil against the people and the environment, illegal oil bunkering destroys the environment, so government must stop these ills against the environment.”

Oil Pipe

On his part, Capt. Solomon Prebor, Chairman, Ogulagha community said, “We are glad to host this Earth Day celebration in Ogulagha. We have done a lot to keep a clean environment. We are facing great environmental challenges due to the operations of the multinational oil companies.”

Oil ought to be a blessing but it has become a curse to us.

“We house the Forcados terminal, Agip and other companies. All they contribute is peanuts and it’s from Shell, we are still underdeveloped.  When it rains, we are submerged and we want the oil companies to do something tangible about the pains of our people.”

“Ogulagha community  has been producing oil and creating wealth for the nation but we do not feel government presence in the community. Our environment has been destroyed by the activities of oil exploration and exploitation, the government must stop the destruction of the environment.”

On his part, Capt. Solomon Prebor, Chairman, Ogulagha community said, “We are glad to host this Earth Day celebration in Ogulagha, we have done a lot to keep a clean environment. We are facing great environmental challenges due to the operations of the multinational oil companies. Oil ought to be a blessing but it has become a curse to us.

“We house the Forcados terminal, Agip and other companies. All they contribute is peanuts and it’s from Shell, we are still underdeveloped.  When it rains, we are submerged and we want the oil companies to do something tangible about the pains of our people.”

On her part, Mrs. Augustina Arogbo,   Community Woman Leader added, “Gas flaring is a major problem faced by us. It has led to several deaths from unknown ailments, it reduces our life span. We call on the Federal Government to quickly do something about ending this gas flaring and illegal oil bunkering.”


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