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Bayelsa communities berate SPDC for abandoning communities after spillage

By Emem Idio

YENAGOA—THE people of Aghoro I and II groups of communities in Ekeremor Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have slammed Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, for allegedly abandoning the communities after an oil spillage from the multinational operations oilfield left the people devastated.

According to the communities, after the oil spillage, which occurred in May, SPDC had failed to carry out comprehensive assessment on the extent of damage caused by the spill or come to the aid of the communities by providing relief materials.

The monarch of Famous Ama in Aghoro community,  His Majesty, King Enimikem Famous, who lamented the effects of the oil spill on the people, urged SPDC and the Federal Government to come to the aid of the people and provide them with portable water and other relief materials.

He said: “I have advised my people not to take the law into their hands, though it has been very awkward on us but we want the whole matter to be settled in peace.

“We don’t want to cause violence, what we want from SPDC, the Federal Government and other relevant bodies is to come to the aid of our people. Many of our children have been inffected with cough and other diseases.”

 


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