April 2, 2019

 Residents of Rivers community with flow station bemoan using lantern for 20 yrs running 

 Residents of Rivers community with flow station bemoan using lantern for 20 yrs running 

Protesters occupying Shell flow station in Belema community, Akuku Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State, Sunday. Photo: Jimitota Onoyume.

By Davies Iheamnachor

RESIDENTS of Kwawa, an Ogoni oil community in Khana Local Government Area, Rivers State, have complained that they shelter a crude oil flow station, yet have no electricity and villagers still use lamp after more than two decades.

Women leader in the community, Mrs Ukeria Brownson Ibam, who barred the position of her people, said, “We are surprised at the treatment we are receiving. We have a flow station, yet we have not seen electricity at any time, we still use lanterns, we are suffering.”

She spoke at a media interactive meeting in Port Harcourt on the implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme, UNEP, Report and the Emergency Measures in Ogoni land, Rivers state, where the KEBETKACHE Women Development and Resource Centre, Port Harcourt, drew women leaders from the four Ogoni local government areas.

ALSO READ: Be prepared to save Ogoniland, MOSOP leader charges followers

Mrs Ibam further bemoaned, “We do not have hospital and we thought that through the UNEP Report we will get one, but nothing. We do not have a good school; we do not know what is happening in the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, HYPREP.”

Meanwhile, Ogoni women leaders who attended the programme have grumbled aloud over the outbreak of strange diseases, including cancer of the skin, following their continuous use of contaminated water in the area.

They also regretted that officials do not give women adequate opportunity to participate in the remediation process, creating critical lapses in the implementation of the UNEP Report.