The Amayanabo of Opu-Nembe Kingdom, King Biobelemoye Josiah has expressed appreciation to Governor Douye Diri for empathy over the Nembe oil spillage.

The King also appreciated the Governor’s visit on the spot assessment of the ravaging oil and gas blow out which is yet to be contained after a month. King Josiah gave the commendation in a letter addressed to the Governor made available to journalist in Abuja.

The traditional ruler commended the Governor for condemning the non-stoppage of the oil and gas spill and lamented the continued destruction on the environment as well as loss of livelihood of the people of Opu-Nembe kingdom. He also commended Governor Diri for setting up a committee aimed at assessing the extent and effect of the spill.

The Monarch urged government agencies such as National Emergency Management Agency to distribute relief materials to communities affected and National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, Regulatory Commissions of the relevant Streams (up, mid and down) in the oil industry, National Environmental Sanitation as well as Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited to show more concern for the well-being of the people to reduce their sufferings.

An oil well operated by indigenous oil firm, Aiteo Eastern Exploration and Production within Oil Mining Lease (OML) 29 has been discharging oil and gas into Nembe Creeks since fifth of last month.