The Ijaw Youth Council, IYC, Worldwide on Tuesday said the recent oil spill in Odidlmodi and other surrounding communities in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State was as result of equipment failure on the part oil multinational, Shell Petroleum Development Company,SPDC.
IYC President, Comrade Oweilaemi Rolland Pereotubor made the assertion in a statement signed and made available to DAILY POST in Warri.
He said there is no third party sabotage for SPDC to absolve itself of culpability.
“The Company must live up to its responsibilities. Blaming their negligence on acts of saboteurs is no longer attractive. These were some of the causes of the Niger Delta crisis.”
“Odimodi people or any of the affected communities cannot bear the brunt of SPDC’s negligence. The Company should immediately repair its ruptured Trans-Forcados Trunk line which has spilled an unquantifiable tons of crude oil to ravage the already degraded environment,” he said.
The IYC President also called on the Federal Government to prevail on SPDC to do the needful, streseing that the affected communities need relief materials and commensurate compensations to cushion the effects of their sufferings.
“Now that the region is peaceful, we hope that the FG and the oil companies will avoid acts capable of truncating the existing peace. The case of the current oil spillage in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State should not be given graveyard silence, less the Government may be inviting the wrath of the people.”
It would be recalled that oil spill recently polluted the creeks in parts of Burutu Local Governnent Area.
The spill has ravaged the surrounding communities, particularly, Odimodi community.