By; KENNETH ORUSI, Asaba
For polluting Rivers in Niger Delta, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) may face the heat from the federal government.
An activist and community leader, Chief Sheriff Mulade in a press briefing noted that the Forcados, Escravos and Gbaramatu Rivers in Delta State have been polluted by the activities of the company.
The briefing, it was gathered was in reaction to the company’s denial of the pollution suffered by the people of the region.
Shell Petroleum Development Company had denied the allegations made by residents of Ugborodo and other communities housed by Escravos, due to discharge of wastes from SPDC’s Escravos Operations and the dangerous chemical used in its Well-73 Operations near Sokubolou, Yokiri and Obotebo communities both in Warri South West and Burutu Local Government Areas of the State, thereby polluting the entire water.
According to Mulade, instead of the company finding solutions to the mess, the management cooked up stories to save its face and brand the people as liars when their only sources of livelihood is being destroyed.
While regretting that the world is currently suffering from a deadly pandemic, SPDC is rather putting the people into more pains.
The environmentalist maintained that the health of the people must not be jeopardized in the name of doing business.
While saying that the oil companies should stop playing games with the lives of their host communities, he insisted that international best practices should be adhere to as several residents in coastal communities suffer from environmental pollution leading to several health challenges, leading to death.
It would be recall that indigenes of Ugborodo and Ogidigben communities had alleged that the activities of Shell have rather brought untold hardship to them due to the pollution.
Mulade, the National Coordinator, Centre for Peace and Environmental Justice (CEPEJ), and Global UN Ambassador, had already mobilized environmental experts and a team of CEPEJ, to Eacravos, Forcados and Gbaramatu Rivers to ascertain the economic impacts of the pollution on fishermen and women in the creeks.