WARRI- About 730 coastal communities especially children, women and men numbering 8,000,000 people living at the seacoast of 21 Local Government Areas of Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, Ondo, Ogun and Lagos States have appealed to the federal government, individuals and corporate bodies to assist them with relief materials.
The Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) Bonga crude oil spills occurred sometimes December 2011 and July 2017 which the multinational and the federal government had abandoned the locales without relief materials or any form of compensation till now.
The communities, under the aegis of “Shoreline Communities of Nigeria” made the appeal in a press statement signed and made available to newsmen on Monday in Warri, Delta.
The statement was signed by Mr Mathias Palimote representing Lagos state, Mr Austin Ofoeyemo, Delta, Mr Jacob Palimote, Bayelsa, Mr Harry Fombo, Rivers, Mr Godwin Ojajune, Ondo and Papa Bamigboye, Ogun.
According to them the appeal was to cushion the effect of the December 2011 and July 2017 SNEPCo Bonga crude oil spill disaster on the people.
They alleged that the harmful chemicals Shell sprayed to dispel the spills had contaminated and disturbing the natural ecological resources and fishing activities in the affected communities.
“The effects in our fishing grounds which have not been restored since the spills incidences are now the major causes of sicknesses, deaths and hunger.
” The effect is currently ravaging 730 of our communities especially children, women and men numbering 8,000,000 people living at the seacoast of 21 Local Government Areas of Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, Ondo, Ogun and Lagos States.
“So we are appealing that the Federal Government, National Assembly, European Union, United Nations and all other international communities.
“Central Bank of Nigeria, Federal Ministries of Health, Environment, Transport, Petroleum Resources, Agriculture and Water Resources, Ecological Fund Office, National Emergency Management Agency and other relevant authorities Politicians, Corporate Organisations.
“They should please kndly and urgently intervene by assisting our communities and people with relief materials, fishing nets, accessories and boats as well as boreholes water and health centres in each of the affected 21 Local Government
“So as to cushion the effects of the pollutants, pending the restoration of the contaminated natural resources, fishing grounds, dead aquatics and when Shell will pay compensation to our communities, the appealed.