Residents lament as oil spill hits Delta communities

Written by on March 1, 2022

Residents of Amuokpokpor-Elume community and its neighbouring communities in Sapele Council of Delta State are reportedly grappling with oil spill from wellheads, operated by Conoil.

The spillage had led to outbreak of waterborne diseases in the various communities. Communities affected include Amuokpokpor-Elume, Ologho, Elume, Okwelabra, Ekoko, Eroghor, Idjekporo, Mereje, Opuraja, in Sapele and Okpe Councils of the state.

The locals, who expressed displeasure over the unfortunate disaster at a peaceful protest in the community, said the river that has been poisoned by the spill remained the only source of drinking, cooking, bathing, and farming activities to the locals just as they demanded justice for their healths, survival and environment.

The community chairman, who lamented the havoc caused to the community, called on the relevant authorities to come to their rescue and restore sound health to their people and healthy environment.Also speaking, the Councillor representing Ward 18 in the council, Sam Azu, called on government at all levels, individuals and organisations to prevail on Conoil to do the needful regarding spills.Azu, who is a native of the community, said the sad incident remained the biggest oil spill disaster in the history of the community since the three wellheads were built there over 40 years.

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