Governor Diri Decries Continuous Spillage At Nembe.

Governor Douye Diri has visited the oil spill site in Nembe Local Government Area of the state, describing it as the worst he had seen in his lifetime.

The Oil Mining Lease OML twenty nine Well one platform, which is operated by Nigeria’s largest indigenous oil firm, Aiteo Exploration and Production Company Limited, has been spilling crude unabated into the Santa Barbara River for about one month.

An estimated 2 million barrels of crude has reportedly been spilled into the river, polluting the flora and fauna of the area.

Governor Diri said the continuous spillage has further endangered the lives of people of Nembe, Bayelsa and the Niger Delta.

The governor, who expressed shock over the quantity of crude that has been spilled into the environment, called on Federal Government and operators of the oil field to immediately take action to contain the spillage.

According to him, the prolonged oil spill into the water and air had an immediate and long term effect on the health of the inhabitants.

While assuring the people that appropriate measures would be taken to seek redress, he noted that the quest by oil firms to make money would not be at the expense of the lives of the people.

Describing fishing as the source of livelihood of the people of the area, the state helmsman assured that Bayelsa State fishing routes will be protected.

He expressed empathy with the Nembe people, whom he said have lost their means of livelihood due to the spill while appreciating them for their peaceful disposition.

To ameliorate the suffering of the people, the governor directed the State Emergency Management Agency and Ministry of Health to immediately provide relief materials and healthcare services to the people.

Earlier, chairman of Nembe Local Government Area, Mr. West Alalibo, and member representing Nembe Constituency two in the State House of Assembly, Edward Brigidi, appreciated the governor for embarking on an on-the-spot assessment visit to the site.

Also speaking, chairman of the Opu-Nembe Council of Chiefs, Chief Ekpeleyai Oruwari, appealed to government and operators of the oil well to stop the oil from spilling into their environment.

Chief Oruwari said the spill has polluted their environment leading to a damage of their source of water and means of livelihood.