Fear grips FCT community over oil spillage
Fear and anxiety have gripped residents of Lamo village in Gwagwalada Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) over crude oil spillage from the Kilometer 407.05 of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in the area. Already, the spillage has covered large portions of farm lands, forming a stream and flowing into the river, the only source of water supply for the residents.
Eyewitnesses said the spillage started about a week ago, and according to one of them, Yello Sarki, “it poses a great danger to us because it can cause fire incident and as you can see, the spillage has destroyed our farm lands and polluted the only source of water that we have.
“We want government to take urgent measures to address the situation before it consumes our community.
“Since the spillage started, we have been using the polluted water to cook and drink despite its effects on our health and this is because we do not have another source of water supply.”
Officials of the Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) are equally worried as its Commandant General, Dr. Ade Abolurin, said he was shocked to learn that one week after the spillage, the NNPC has failed to remedy the situation.
Abolurin who visited the area in the company of reporters noted that, “this unfortunate situation should not be allowed in the country where majority of its citizens are wallowing in abject poverty.
“We got the information through intelligence gathering from members of the community and our men have always been on ground to monitor oil vandals and other unscrupulous elements that might use the opportunity to take to crime.
“Our men have been monitoring the situation. We know that the situation might tempt some people to take to crime but we will not condone such acts because it is not an excuse.
“However, it is appropriate for the authorities to always do their work whenever they are required to do so.”