- Affected Communities Demand immediate cleanup & Compensation from Oil Giant.
The National Oil Spill Detection & Response Agency (NOSDRA) has confirmed oil spillage from ExxonMobil facility on Nov. 20th at the shore lines of Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a NOSDRA official in Uyo office of A’Ibom State, disclosed this to news men who were on a fact finding mission on Friday.
He acknowledged that the Zonal Head of NOSDRA in Uyo was not around, but agreed that NOSDRA visited the scene of the oil spillage in November, which comfirmed that there was an oil spillage at Atia.
He said that the report of the spillage had been forwarded to their head office in Abuja.
“There was an oil spill in Atia and other villages in Ibeno Local Govt. sometime ending of last Month”
“We visited the scene of the spillage after complaints from the communities, we have forwarded the report to our head office in Abuja”- he added.
Meanwhile, youths in Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State has called on the US multinational oil giant (ExxonMobil) to commence immediate cleanup of oil spillage, allegedly from their ruptured pipeline.
The youths who took to the street of the local government in a peaceful protest, lamented the natural distortions and destructions of the waterways, occasioned by the negligible actions of the oil giant in routine pipeline maintenance.
Speaking with iReporters correspondent, Mr. David Etteh, one of the youth leaders in the affected communities, stated that the oil spillage occurred in November 20th.
“The oil spillage occurred in November from the offshores facility of ExxonMobil, located at Mkpanak community in Ibeno Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom,” Etteh said.
Etteh said that about five communities, Atia, Ntafri, Ntak Ifaha, Esitikeme, Awah, were affected in the spillage.
“It is very sad that the people of Atia, Ntafri, Ntak-Ifaha, Esit-ikeme, Awah communities are now suffering from the effect of the spillage, as aquatic lives has been destroyed and waterways polluted” – He maintained.
He acknowledged that the spillage has disrupted fishing activities, polluted the waters and has further destroyed aquatic lives in the area.
According to him, the affected villages had written a communique to that effect, and had forwarded same to the oil giant, demanding an immediate cleanup and compensation to the communities.
The youths numbering over hundred, had placards with inscriptions like
“Oil spillage, Mobil, you are destroying our aquatic lives”, “Oil spillage in Ibeno, cleanup now”, “Immediate clean up we need now, “Massive oil spillage in Ibeno”, “Oil spill, ExxonMobil start clean up now, “We are watching NIGEL,”.
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