OrderPaperToday – A Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Social Development Integrated Centre, has raised alarm over a huge oil spill and called for an urgent investigation into the cause of the oil pollution in Rumuekpe community of Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.
A statement signed by the Centre’s Programmes Coordinator, Botti Isaac, calls for justice for the people of Rumuekpe and other communities suffering from the endemic effect of environmental pollution resulting from crude oil spill.
The statement by the NGO also called Social Action, also called on the Nigerian government to ensure the cleanup of all polluted lands in the Niger delta and help restore the people’s socio-economic life.
According to Social Action’s Senior Programme officer, Prince Edegbuo, the people of Rumuekpe community have consistently sought government’s intervention and support with no success.
The group therefore appealed to the government to live up to its responsibility and save the people of Rumuekpe from further environmental destruction and ensure oil spill cleanup.
The press release read in part: “A visit to Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State proves that the Nigerian government has more to do to address the endemic level of pollution and degradation caused by oil spillage in the area. Rumuekpe, a community in the local government is devastated by massive oil spills, pollution and degradation.
“According to inhabitants of the area, the community has been unable to access good water for drinking and other domestic use. Mrs. Paulina Eze, a member of the community, lamented the frustration members of the community faced in accessing clean water.
“She told Social Action’s team that the sorry state of Rumuekpe dated back to 2010, few years after the crisis which ravaged the land but till date the cause of the oil spill in the community cannot be traced.”
Recall that earlier this month people of Omovire in Rumuekpe, Emuoha Local Government Area of Rivers State had cried out over a huge crude oil spill which could be seen floating on the river with unbearable.