Email received today from JOHN ZEBULON
SAVE OUR SOULS-SHELL IS SLOWLY DESTROYING AGUOBIRI COMMUNITY
The oil giant, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) led pipeline through Aguobiri Community in 1973 and since then, the community has never benefited and is not even considered by SPDC in their community programs.
Aguobiri is a peaceful community in Southern Ijaw L.G.A of Bayelsa State and is located near River-Nun, has a population of about 20,000 adults and 3,000 children, its major occupation is fishing, trading and farming. The community is close to Oporoma where SPDC has a flow station.
Gas flaring and oil spill activities have caused the dead of both human and aquatic live in Aguobiri without compensation from Shell. Cholera and other water borne diseases has made some women childless and others are perpetually deformed, hunger has killed others while incurable ailments is the portion of some.
Letters has been written to SPDC without any positive outcome. They have always cancelled the appointments they fixed with us.
Aguobiri has the right to benefit from empowerment programmes that Shell is organizing in other pipeline communities like Ekowe in Southern Ijaw L.G.A of Bayelsa and Ifueko in Degema L.G.A of rivers state. The dangerous toxin released has caused serious health problems should not be overlooked.
Oil spill is a sabotage to the land and environment where it occurred this cannot be tolerated in USA and Europe. What happened in Gulf of Mexico USA on April 20th 2010 is an example of such.
SPDC is aware that since 1997 there has been several oil spills and toxin in the air, which they have not responded to.
Is Shell waiting till we all die before they come to our rescue, are they waiting for us to go naked on the streets or for all of us to be deformed?
Shell should therefore do the following for Aguobiri Community.
1. Pay compensation for all oil spills since 1997 till date.
3. Provide good drinking water.
4. Build and equip health centre.
5. Carry out Youth Empowerment Programmes as done in other communities.
6. Build modern public toilets.
7. Provide a 500KVA Generator which must be powered. Regularly.
8. Free exercise books and text books should be given to students as has been done in other communities.
Justice delayed is justice denied. Aguobiri community should be given her fair attention for justice to prevail.
Aguobiri stand for peace and that is the reason why we have come to this forum and we hope that our plead will be given the necessary attention.
Thanks and God Bless.
I can be reached on
Egai: JOHN ZEBULON
Email: [email protected]
Aguobiri Community Environment Activist
Oporoma Clan, Southern Ijaw L.G.A
Bayelsa State, Niger Delta, Nigeria.