By Franca Joseph, For Agenda Watchdog, April 15, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The oil production activities of transnational oil giant, Shell, has brought it to a collision course with Ugborodo communities in Warri South West Local Government area of Delta State who accuse it of having polluted the Excravos River, destroyed marine lives and fishing materials running into millions of Naira.
Giving a hint on Shell’s misdemeanour to the press, a community head, Mr Laju Kperegbeyi said that the transnational oil giant carelessly emptied residues from its production operations into the Excravos River, consequently destroying marine lives which were the main sources of livelihoods for members of the affected communities. He called on the Federal and Delta State Governments to lean on Shell to compensate the victims of its careless actions.
In his words: “Shell opened their waste valve into our water. This has destroyed fishes, nets used by our fishermen. Our source of livelihood in Ugborodo and communities around have been affected. There is huger now in our lands. “, he said
“Shell should come and compensate the communities, restore our economic life. We are also calling on the federal and the Delta state government to prevail on the oil giant to do the needful. “, he added.
“Our people are dying, with our source of livelihood already threatened and the effect of Covid-19 you can imagine our situation in the communities “.