Bayelsa residents block Reps Committee members from Agip spill site



Residents of Biseni clan, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa, on Thursday blocked members of the House of Representative Ad-Hoc Committee on Oil Spills and Remediation from performing their functions.

The people barricaded the only access the oilfield operated by the Agip Oil Company where members of the committee were carrying out their oversight functions.

The News Agency of (NAN) reports that the development compelled the committee members, led by Rep. Amiru Tukur, abort the visit the spill site as all entreaties placate the protesters failed.

The ruler of Biseni , Chief King Akani, and protesters stressed that until their demands, which include the provision of jobs and basic social amenities are , they would maintain the blockade.

Also, Mr Warder Benjamin, Spokesman of Okordia Central Youth Council, however, berated the attitude of the operators of the oilfields and delay in remediation of the environment.

Benjamin appealed the members ensure that companies took responsibility for their failures.

He said that it took the Agip Oil Company more than one year to commence remediation of the polluted site, a development that adversely impacted on the environment.

However, the committee which had visited some sites in nearby Kalaba , turned back as they were denied access to the oil company facility in Biseni area by the angry protesters

NAN also reports that the protesters, made up of women and youths, decried the high level of neglect meted to them over the years by the Federal and State Governments and oil companies operating in their domain.T

The Tukur led ad-hoc committee on Tuesday visited Gov. Douye to intimate him of their mission to visit spill impacted communities for a first hand assessment. (NAN)