An official of the Multi Stakeholders Platform on Oil Spill Reconciliation Programme, Mr Autin Onuoha, has charged oil exploration companies operating in the Niger Delta region to put more effort in tackling issues of oil spills in the area.
Onuoha who made the call on a weekly radio interactive programme, “Matters of the Moment in Port Harcourt recently, decried the untold hardship such communities have been subjected to due to negligence by the operating oil companies.
“One of the things we found out is that many oil spill cases last for a very long time to resolve and in the process of that resolution people get aggrieved and disgruntled at the system”, he said.
Another guest on the programme, who is the National Coordinator, National Coalition on Gas Flaring and Oil Spill in the Niger Delta, Rev. Father Edward Obi, said the spillages have endangered the health of individuals in the communities and called for effective maintenance of oil facilities.
“Most of those oil pipelines have expiry date and when they have expired you need to change them.
“In the rural areas, what effort have we made to educate them, the government should be able to intervene and get the oil companies to do what is right.
“A conscientious operator should be able to revisit the design specification of these pipelines”, he said.
Callers on the programme said government should create awareness in the host communities while facilities that have expired should be replaced.
The guests unanimously called on government to refrain from using military action to address the unrest in the region