Bu­rutu oil spill: Reps slam SPDC, urge clean-up

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Oz­ibo Oz­ibo

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives yes­ter­day slammed Shell Petroleum De­vel­op­ment Com­pany (SPDC) over its luke­warm ap­proach in tack­ling the re­cent oil spillage that af­fected com­mu­ni­ties in Bu­rutu, Delta State.

This was as the House urged SPDC to im­me­di­ately com­mence the clean-up of the af­fected ar­eas, whereas the Eco­log­i­cal Fund and Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA) are to pro­vide re­lief ma­te­ri­als to the af­fected com­mu­ni­ties.

Lead­ing a de­bate on the mo­tion: “Re­cent Crude Oil Spillage in Com­mu­ni­ties of Bu­rutu Fed­eral Con­stituency,” Mr Julius Pondi (PDP, Delta) and Ta­judeen Obasa (PDP, La­gos), noted that the mas­sive oil spillage in Odi­modi Com­mu­nity of Bu­rutu LGA in Delta State had wrecked havoc on the peo­ple and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Pondi said: “The spillage oc­curred on April 24, 2018 at four dif­fer­ent spots on the 24inch Trans-Ramos Crude Oil Pipe­line owned and op­er­ated by SPDC.”

“At the time of the spillage, SPDC has not demon­strated any com­mit­ment to a re­me­di­a­tion to the plight of the peo­ple and en­vi­ron­ment of the dev­as­tated com­mu­ni­ties,” he added.

The House man­dated its Com­mit­tee on Emer­gency and Dis­as­ter Pre­pared­ness to en­sure that its di­rec­tives were com­plied with.

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