Oil Spillage, Fire Outbreak Spark Hunger In Delta Communities – Sometimes, we end up blaming foreign companies for the menace they have been causing the people of Niger Delta but if we look critically, well we can point our fingers to the federal government who have not been very fair to our people in terms of policies that should regulate the establishment of these conglomerate. Now, the recent blow to this is the shortage of food been experienced by the people of Oghior and Ukpiovwin oil communities in Udu Local Government Area of Delta State since the oil spillage and subsequent fire outbreak that occurred last month on a Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC, pipeline. The issue is that this fire outbreak resulted to the contamination of their stream, destroyed farmlands and their other means of livelihood.
Up till this very moment, the federal government have not ordered the companies incharge to do a proper clean up and adequate compensation to the affected community.
According to Wisdom Ghaghara and Mr. Lucky Ejenavwu who happens to be the President-generals of the two communities, in a statement after a joint meeting at Otor-Udu, demanded a proper compensation of N855 million apiece from NPDC. According to them both, the company have paid more priority to its installations than the host communities.
At a time like, the executive governor of the state need not to be called upon to intervene, he should see it as a duty call to intervene. But on this occasion,Senator Ifeanyi Okowa, was called upon to prevail on NPDC to adhere to their compensation demands to allow peace reign between the affected communities and NPDC. “NPDC should urgently send relief materials to the two communities because the spillage, which occurred September 19, affected Oghior, Ukpiovwin and other communities along the flow line. The level of damage done is causing untold hardship to thousands of persons. It also needs to quickly clean up the affected stream and farmlands,” they said.
According to our research on this issue, The affected communities have therefore demanded a compensation of N855 million each, saying, “The NPDC should, as a matter of urgency, award the contract for the clean-up of the whole environment affected by the spillage and the subsequent fire outbreak to avoid further destruction of the ecosystem and the imminent health hazard.”
One alarming thing about the whole ordeal is that, none of the members of the communities are staffs of the company. Can you imagine? No wonder the presidents of the affected communities “We have noticed that NPDC has no regard for the human lives in the host communities.
One of the president have this to say. “We noticed with dismay that despite the hunger that pervades the communities as a result of their negligence, NPDC went to Well 12 in Ukpiovwin community (in OML-34) to fix a Christmas Tree without the consent of Ukpiovwin community. “This is because the management and staff want the job done to corruptly enrich themselves through high cost of the contract, which they inflated. When the community called them, they said that it was their facility which they can access and fix without any interference from the host community (Ukpiovwin).”
I think, this is totally out of this world. This is the reason i still believe that our government should be more proactive in defending the health and social life our her people. Money should not be placed ahead of human lives.
Oil Spillage, Fire Outbreak Spark Hunger In Delta Communities