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 Escravos river suffers pollution as communities accuse Shell

Escravos river suffers pollution as communities accuse Shell


Ugborodo communities in Warri south West local government area, Delta state have accused Shell  of massive  pollution of  the Escravos river, thus destroying fishing nets valued at several millions of naira.

A community leader, Mr Laju Kperegbeyi told  the Vanguard yesterday in  Warri, that   the oil giant allegedly opened its waste oil into the river, an act that has destroyed  aquatic lives, adding that   residents of Ugborodo and  communities  in the area have been denied source of livelihood by the action.

He said the communities were calling for adequate compensation from the oil giant, adding that the federal and the Delta state government should prevail on the  multinational oil company to come to the aid  of the communities.

“Shell opened their waste valve into our water. This has destroyed fishes, nets used by our fishermen. Our source of livelihood  in Ugborodo and  communities around  have been affected. There is huger now in our lands. “, he said “

Shell should come and compensate the communities, restore our economic life. We are also calling on the federal and the Delta state government to prevail on the oil giant to do the needful. “, he added.

“Our people are dying,  with our  source of livelihood already threatened and the effect of Covid -19 you can imagine our situation in the communities “, he said.

It would be recalled that several communities from Gbaramatu down  to Itsekelewu in Delta state raised similar cries , accusing the oil giant of polluting the river with their waste.

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