Communities worst hit by the Shell Bonga oil spill need urgent help, the Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NI MASA), Ziakede Patrick Akpobolokemi, has said.
He stated that further investigations conducted by the Agency have revealed that the sole source of livelihood of the people, which is fishing, is adversely affected due to the impact of this oil spill. He added that their source of portable water is also polluted. As a means of survival, Akpobolokemi, explained, the people now resort to self help by using all available means, to clean up the affected areas.
In a situation report made available to The Nation, Akpobolokemi, said: “ Further investigations conducted by the Agency in respect of the Bonga Oil Spill by NIMASA’s representatives that visited some coastal communities within Delta and Bayelsa states, namely Agge and Orobiri 1 and 11 communities, discovered that the spill has affected the area. In Orobiri 1 and 11 coastal communities, the aquatic environment was completely devastated by the spilled impact.”
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Bonga spill: Communities need help, says NIMASA