Thu. Apr 15th, 2021

SPDC Chemicals: Forcados registers case, says fishes are dying uncontrollably – The Liberator 

By Binebai Princewill
The people of Forcados community in Iduwini Kingdom, Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State have also alerted the federal government of Nigeria, Delta State Government and the management of Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC that they are recording the death of fishes in their waters.
The community made their plight known to newsmen yesterday in Warri via a statement signed by the duo of Mr. Stephen Tunubu, chairman of Forcados community and Elder Romeo Ekpotimi, acting Amayanabo of the community, a copy of which was sent to The Liberator Newspaper.
Chairman Stephen and Elder Romeo noted that fishing has always been the only occupation available to the people of Forcados community, stressing that the spread of the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC chemical is becoming a thing to worry about.
They maintained that the high rate at which fishes are dying, floating in the Forcados river is unprecedented and alarming, stressing that the development is a strange one as they have never experienced such occurrence in their existence.
The statement particularly called on the management of SPDC to immediately carry out a clean up exercise of the river, adding that the lives of people living in the area is at risk as many seems to be picking up the dead and dying fishes in baskets to their various homes at some instances sending some to Warri as well.
The Forcados community leadership has called on the Federal, State Government, NOSDRA, NESREA, and other relevant environmental experts and environmental regulatory bodies of both States and Federal Government to call and order SPDC to stop the illegal environmental pollution through the release of this unknown hazardous chemical into the territorial waters.

Stephen and Romeo warned that SPDC should take immediate action to avoid further spread and provide relief materials to the affected communities immediately to cushion their sufferings.

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The community further called on those in charge of health related agencies to access the impact of the chemicals on the environment, the inhabitants and the aquatic animals through environmental social impact assessment to ascertain the level of damage done to the people and the area.

They noted that the actions of SPDC has already wrecked havoc on the people through the pollution and killing of aquatic animals and desecration of the waterways with such harmful chemical deserves adequate compensation to the affected communities.

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