Nigeria Oil Spill – Concern Over Delayed Clean-Up

Residents of Ibeno community in Akwa Ibom have expressed concern over the suspension of the Nigeria oil spill clean up of the Atlantic Coastline contaminated by an oil spill on August 13th.

The Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) had reported an oil spill at the Qua Iboe fields to the Nigeria oil spill agency, claiming that the source of the spill was unknown.

The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) had directed the company to clean up the coastline within its oil fields.

Although, the firm started the clean-up of the shoreline on Aug. 19, it, however, suspended the exercise after three weeks.

Chief Effiong Archianga, the Paramount Ruler of Ibeno, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the community was apprehensive over the suspension of the clean up exercise.

“I have asked community leaders in the affected places to find out the cause of the delay which has run into weeks now.

“They are yet to brief me; but I can say that the development is causing a lot of anxiety,” Archianga said.

He noted that prolonged exposure of the Nigeria oil spill deposits was injurious to the health of the people of the community and their fishing vocation.

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