People of Bodo community in Gokana Local government Area of the state have expressed displeasure following two recent Oil Spillages from an oil facility that has destroyed their farmland and caused total hardship on them.
Our correspondent who visited the area reports that the oil is still currently flowing into people’s farm land and across people’s houses.
Some of the residents of Bodo who spoke with the correspondent said their current situation as a result of the oil spill is coursing untold hardship and they are calling on the government at all levels to come to their aid
Meanwhile, a non-governmental Organization, Ogoni Liberation Initiative has brought to the notice of the people of Ogoni, Rivers State, to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the International communities their view and position concerning the recent oil Spillage in Bodo Community.
President of Ogoni Liberation Initiative, Dr. Douglas Fabeke while briefing news men at the scene of the oil Spillage which occurred on the 24th of August, 2022, said the findings from their team of experts, it is a result of system failure of the facilities owned and managed by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC).
Dr. Fabeke condemned the spill in its entirety adding that the ugly incident would not have occurred if the SPDC, HYPREP, and the Ministry of Environment had carried out a proper and comprehensive clean-up of Ogoni land in line with the recommendation of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) as contained in the UNEP Report.
He while condemning the attitude of SPDC and HYPREP to curtail the spill called on the people of Bodo to desist from further cupping of the oil.
He appealed to the Ogonis at large to remain calm as the Ogoni Liberation Initiative will continue to engage Expert and find a lasting solution as the Bodo community is part of their agenda to fight for Justice for full environmental and economic restoration in Ogoni