Bayelsa residents block Reps Committee members from Agip spill site

April 16, 2021
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Members of the House of Representative Ad-Hoc Committee on Oil Spills and Remediation were blocked by Residents of Biseni clan, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, on Thursday from performing their duties.

The people barricaded the only access road to the oilfield operated by the Nigeria Agip Oil Company where members of the committee were carrying out their oversight functions.

The committee members, led by Amiru Tukur, aborted the visit to the spill site as all entreaties to appease the protesters failed.

Chief King Akani, the ruler of Biseni Kingdom with other protesters stressed that until they have provision of jobs and basic social amenities , they would maintain the blockade.

Also, Mr Warder Benjamin, spokesman of Okordia Central Youth Council, however, disagreed with the attitude of the operators and their delay in remediation of the environment.

Benjamin appealed to the National Assembly members to ensure that companies took responsibility for their failures.

He said that it took the Nigeria Agip Oil Company more than one year to commence remediation of the polluted site, and a it impacted on the environment .

However, the committee which had visited some sites in nearby Kalaba community, could not gain access because of the angry protesters.

The protesters, which encompassed women and youths, complained of high level of neglect meted to them over the years by the Federal and State Governments and oil companies operating in their domain.

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