Pauline Onyibe, Yenagoa
The people of Opu Nembe in Bayelsa State have pleaded with the Governor of the state, Douye Diri to beckon on the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to swiftly distribute relief materials to communities affected by the oil spill caused by a well head owned by AITEO.
This was as the people commended the governor for urging AITEO to provide adequate remediation/compensation for affected communities to cushion the effects of the oil spill.
In a statement on Sunday night by the Amayanabo of Opu-Nembe Kingdom, HRM, King Biobelemoye Josiah, Ogbodo VIII, the kingdom thanked the governor for also setting up a committee aimed at assessing the extent and effect of the spill.
“Your excellency, on behalf of the good people of Opu-Nembe Kingdom, I passionately request that you use your honoured office to ask the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), to swiftly distribute relief materials to communities affected by the persistently gushing oil and gas spill.
“The Kingdom strongly appreciates the visit of the governor to make an on the spot assessment of the ravaging oil and gas blowout which is yet to be contained after more than a month now.
“We put on record, the empathy shown by your excellency, in providing immediate cushioning financial support to all segments of the kingdom during your visit. We further commend you for immediately directing your deputy to set up an assessment committee on Nembe oil spillage,” the statement said.