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Bakassi Returnees Decry Effects Of Oil Spill

posted Nov 4, 2013, 11:43 AM by David Khorram   [ updated Nov 5, 2013, 5:54 PM by David Khorram ]
Bakassi returnees in Eket, Akwa Ibom, have decried the impact of the Nov. 19, 2012 oil spill from Idoho platform offshore, belonging to Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited (MPN).

The spokesman of the returnees, Mr Friday Udohuyo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Eket that the oil spill destroyed aquatic life on the shore line of the communities.

Udohuyo said the oil spill affected the source of livelihood of the fishermen operating under the aegis of Bakassi Returnees in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom.

He said the oil spill ravaged their fishing pots, gears, boats and nets, adding that it caused untold hardship to their members.

He decried the development, pointing out that their members borrowed money to buy the fishing equipment.

``We can no longer feed our family again, our children cannot go to schools and our drinking water and farmland have been polluted.

``Since then we are suffering, live has become so difficult for us and there is no money at all,’’ he said.

He said the hazard cause by the oil spill affected the health of members, adding that many of their children were suffering from malaria and typhoid.

Udohuyo said several appeals to the oil company had not produced any positive result, stressing that the group demanded N732 million as compensation from ExxonMobil.

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