Ijaw National Congress Slams Aiteo Company Over Oil Spillage In Bayelsa Communities

The Ijaw National Congress (INC) has rebuked Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production Company for its poor response to the November 5 spill from its oilfields in Nembe, Bayelsa.

The group acknowledged that it was improper for Aiteo to hyperlink the wellhead leak inside its oil bloc within the Nembe creeks when a Joint Investigation Visit (JIV) had not been carried out on the incident.

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The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the Director-General of the National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Idris Musa, revealed {that a} joint investigation into the trigger couldn’t be held till the leak was stopped.

Sources near the affected fishing settlements alongside the Nembe creeks advised NAN that efforts to plug the leak had but to convey outcomes because the nicely continues to spew oil and fuel into the setting.

INC President Benjamin Okaba stated these whereas briefing journalists on the nationwide secretariat of the organisation in Yenagoa on the incident, following a go to to the impacted web site by its staff of environmentalists.

At the press convention, Okaba was flanked by the secretary of the physique, Ebipamowei Wodu, monetary secretary, Kennedy Odiowei, publicity secretary, Ezonebi Oyakemeagbeha and second vp, Nengi James, who headed the staff that visited the location.

Aiteo, in a press release issued by its spokesperson, Matthew Ndiana reiterated that sabotage was suspected to be the reason for the leak.

But Okaba faulted Aiteo’s place on sabotage, saying it may jeopardise the end result of the JIV but to be carried out as crude continues to be leaking from the power.

“First and foremost, we want to express our dismay over the position of Aiteo that the oil spill was caused by sabotage. The INC considers this position as prejudicial and pre-emptive, and it is unacceptable,” he added.

“Since the leak occurred, Aiteo has been complaining that it does not have the capacity to mobilise personnel to clamp the leaking point on the facility. So the question is: without the JIV, how did they come up to ascertain that it is caused by sabotage?”

The INC chief referred to as on NOSDRA to stay as much as its obligations and never bend guidelines on the incident.

“The place is still leaking; it is of a peculiar nature because it is not from the pipeline. It is coming from the flow under, to the extent that it is difficult for any living being to even access the spot of damage. It requires high technology,” he stated.

On the donation of 4 truckloads of meals objects, medical provides and N5million money to the impacted communities, Okaba noticed that the bundle was meagre contemplating the variety of impacted residents within the 41 communities.

“They sent only 200 bags of rice. This is inhumanity taken too far. Two hundred bags of rice are what a company that has destroyed people’s livelihoods is talking about. They are not even ashamed of themselves,” Okaba revealed.

“They should be ashamed of themselves to even attribute the incident to sabotage. We are too smart for that kind of dirty politics.”

The operator of the OML 29 asset acquired following the 2015 divestment by Shell stated it had enlisted overseas consultants to assist cap the leaking nicely and hoped to cease the leak in a few days.

OML 29 consists of the 97-kilometre Nembe Creek Trunk Line, which conveys crude produced from onshore swamp wells to the Bonny Export Terminal operated by Shell Petroleum Development Company.

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Ijaw National Congress Slams Aiteo Company Over Oil Spillage In Bayelsa Communities

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