(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – A recent devastating oil spillage in Opuama, Polobubo and some other neighboring riverine communities in Delta State, left one person dead, injuries to scores more, while disrupting the economic activities of the individuals’ resident in the affected communities.
The spill, which occurred on March 14, when the main pipelines transporting crude from Opuama Flow Station in Oil Mining Lease (OML) ruptured, resulted in the spilling of crude into the water bodies and swamp forests of the communities in the Opuama, Polobubo and their bloc/satellite communities, located in the operational area.
Consequent to the incident, economic activities in the affected communities were halted. In Polobubo communities in Warri North Local Government Area, approximately 5, 000 fishermen were rendered jobless, while in other communities residents have not been able to cook due to fear of explosion from gas exuding from the ruptured pipes.
Agenda Watchdog is calling on the Minister for Niger Delta Affairs and the Governor of Delta State to prevail on the management of the NPDC/ELCREST to swing into action and take concrete steps, not the lackadaisical approaches so far taken, to contain further spread of the spillage and put in place other palliative measures that would help ameliorate the sordid conditions of members of the affected communities.
Again, the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR and the Ministry of Environment should immediately activate the process of a proper Joint Investigative Visit, JIV, to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of the spillage and make arrangements to compensate the affected communities.
Time is of essence!