Ondo Communities Affected By Oil Spill Seek Compensation, Threaten To Drag Government To Court

About 20 communities affected by oil spill in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State have demanded compensation for damages executed to their farmlands. 

The communities affected by the oil spill embody Mese, Gbakura, Awoye, Akintola, Jero, Odofado, Oroto, Aiyetoro, Ilowo, Obe-nla, Okupi and Ogundeje, Ogbaro, Ilowo, Odonla, Megba, Enikanselu primarily in Ugbo Kingdom. 

Some of the residents, who spoke with SaharaReporters stated the extent of harm executed by the air pollution had grow to be hazardous to their well being. 

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They affirmed that the spillage was observed at a location often known as ‘Single Pole Ikorigho’, and was attributable to ongoing work at Ororo Field. 

According to them, the air pollution had affected their solely technique of livelihood, which is fishing and farming.

The residents additionally complained that the oil firm that induced the state of affairs had executed nothing to cushion the impact of the harm to their farmlands regardless of their outcry. 

Iwatan Oluwafemi, a resident in one of many affected communities, stated the water they drink had already been contaminated on account of the oil spill. 

“This people have come to explore our oil which God gave but they have now destroyed our farmlands and are not ready to pay us any compensation.”

Barrister Benson Enikuomehin, an indigene of Ilaje, stated native farmers may not go to their farms for planting and harvesting as a result of degree of destruction. 

He stated the communities had been prepared to pull the oil firm to court docket in the event that they didn’t compensate these whose farmlands have been destroyed by oil spillage. 



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A monarch in one of many affected communities blamed the state authorities for the actions of oil firms within the area. 

He stated, “I do not need to speak a lot as a result of it might look as if we have not seen something good about this current authorities on board however we’re able to take each the oil firm and the state authorities to court docket. 

“The truth of the matter is that my people are suffering and this government seems to be comfortable even when we could not access our farmlands and fish in own water because of oil spill.”

When contacted by SaharaReporters, Mr Funso Esan, Commissioner for Environment within the state, stated the federal government had despatched a fact-finding committee to evaluate the extent of damages in affected communities.

He hinted that the result of the investigation of the committee was being awaited by authorities earlier than crucial motion would he taken, noting that individuals ought to train persistence and in addition embrace peace. 

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