EN­VI­RON­MENT Bonga oil spill: Min­is­ter as­sures af­fected com­mu­ni­ties of re­lief

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - By Chidimma C. Okeke

The Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment, Mrs. Lau­ren­tia Mal­lam, has as­sured shore­line com­mu­ni­ties in Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa states af­fected by the Bonga oil spillage that re­lief will soon come their way

The min­is­ter gave the as­sur­ance in Abuja, re­cently, when lead­ers of the af­fected shore­line com­mu­ni­ties in the three states, led by their co­or­di­na­tor Mr. Fran­cis Amoma Mon­day paid her a cour­tesy visit.

Mal­lam, promised that she will call a meet­ing of all stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing Shell Petroleum De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (SPDC), in the com­ing weeks to find an am­i­ca­ble so­lu­tion to the chal­lenge posed by the spillage.

She ap­pealed for con­tin­ued peace in the re­gion, stat­ing the need for all com­mu­ni­ties of the Niger Delta re­gion af­fected by the Bonga oil spillage to work to­gether to­wards find­ing a last­ing so­lu­tion to the prob­lem.

Speak­ing ear­lier, leader of del­e­ga­tion and co­or­di­na­tor of the shore­line com­mu­ni­ties in Rivers, Delta and Bayelsa States, Mr. Fran­cis Amoma Mon­day, praised the ef­forts of Shell in the over­all de­vel­op­ment of the Niger Delta re­gion, es­pe­cially in the area of the pro­vi­sion of so­cial ameni­ties and in­fra­struc­ture such as roads, schools and hos­pi­tals as well as elec­tric­ity and por­ta­ble wa­ter.

He ex­plained that the pol­lu­tants used by Shell to clean up the spill which have been banned in some parts of the world in­clud­ing USA and Switzer­land have com­pletely de­stroyed their farm­lands, ma­rine and aquatic life, adding that a lot more needed to be done to bring re­lief to the com­mu­ni­ties.

It will be re­called that the Bonga oil spill oc­curred on 20 De­cem­ber 2011 dur­ing a rou­tine ex­port oper­a­tion ex­er­cise.

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