OIL SPILL: 64 ITSEKIRI COMMUNITIES DEMAND MEETING WITH SHELL
By Emma Amaize & Akpokona Omafuaire
WARRI-ABOUT 64 Itsekiri communities in Warri South-West and Warri North Local Government Areas of Delta State, affected by oil spill, which they said was from last December's spillage from the Bonga Oil Field, have called for a meeting with Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, to discuss modalities for assessment, clean up and relief materials to the victims.
Among the communities are Ilesami I and II, Otumara, Aje-Edede, Akpakpa-Eyitsede, Ajokorugbo, Oguwan, Egbe-Okuta, Ugogoro, Ogidigben, Ajudaibo, Okegbe, Oboro, Madangho, Ogheye-Uton, Ogheye-Idimigun Ajokoro, Ajibeku, Ajimaki, Ubala-tie and Orere. They want to parley with the company on January 9.
A senior official of Shell, who spoke to Vanguard, however, said, 'It is not true that December 20 oil leak from Bonga Field, which had been contained, spread to 64 communities in Delta State. If they are talking about spillage from another place, that is a different thing, but certainly, not from Bonga oil field.'