RESPITE came the way of seven communities in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State after an oil spill ravaged their farmlands and aquatic life.
Â The Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Areas Development Commission (EDSOGPADEC) has given them relief materials.Â
The communities affected are the coastal towns of Abiala 1, Abiala 2, Ajoki, Ologbo, Ajamugha and Kolokolo.Â
A burst pipeline belonging to the Nigeria National Petroluem Corporation (NNPC) damaged farms and waters in the areas.Â
Presenting the relief materials to the affected communities, Chairman of EDSOGPADEC, Mr Vincent Uwadiae, said the action became necessary because of the suffering the people of the communities Â since the spill.Â
His words: â€œThe fishes and farm produce have all perished and that the situation was even made worse because the people could not get water that was drinkable or immediately resume their farm work.Â
â€œWe have contacted NNPC and we are happy that they have fixed the burst pipe. But we have informed them of the need to cushion the effects of the spill so that our people can live a normal life. We are aware that the spill may not be able to clear for some time but we must try all we could to ensure that our people are made comfortableâ€.Â
â€œThe materials are not only for your representatives but for the entire communities. Â We will make arrangement for you to transport them to your communities and we will want you to videotape the distribution. EDSOGPADEC will be accessible to you. We will take the commission to your areas.â€Â
Responding on behalf of the communities, Mr. Charles Geoffrey commended the commission for their kind gesture, saying, â€œWe have seen the items for the suffering masses of the communities. It is the first time we are seeing that the commission is sensitive to the plight of the peopleâ€.Â
He expressed the appreciation of the people of the communities and assured that the relief materials would be received by the people.Â
The materials which included bags of rice, packs of bottled water, sachet water, bags of beans, cartons of sardine tins, tomatoes and groundnut oil.
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