Following menace of surging flood as a result of over flowing of its bank by Orashi River, the traditional ruler of Umu-Obor, in Egi Clan, His Royal Highness Eze Hezekiah Nnadi has cried out for help.
The Umu-obor, comprises the oil communities of Obagi, Oboburu, Obigbo and Ohali-Elu.
The communities are closer to Orashi River which had over flown its bank two weeks ago leading to heavy flooding of the communities destroying Household property, farm products, both economic and cash crops.
Eze Nnadi who spoke to The Tide in his Palace at Obagi stated that the flood had tampered with the social and economic lives of the people which was picking up after the cult war that rampaged the area.
He said, most of his palace chiefs including his spokesman, Chief Ezikwere have relocated from their homes.
According to him, apart from starvation the people would soon, experience some epidemic.
“Look if you come here in the evening, you will be greeted by giant mosquitoes”.
“You can also perceive offensive odour of the flood, these are health hazards my people are forced to live with”.
He appealed to NEMA, Federal and State Governments to come to the aid of the affected people.
The traditional ruler stressed the need for relocation of less privileged people to a safer environment in order not to expose them to danger.
The monarch also stressed the need for establishment of an IDP in the area, contended that those who have no where to go were exposed to harsh weather.
Eze Nnadi regretted that while victims from other areas had been provided money and relief materials, victims from his domain had nothing, describing this as open discrimination victims from other areas against “my subjects”.
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NOSDRA Yet To Discover Cause Of Dead Fishes On N’Delta Coastline
The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), says it is yet to establish any link between oil leaks and death fishes that float and litter the Atlantic coastline across the Niger Delta region.
The agency said it was coordinating a multi-agency investigation, aimed at unraveling the cause of the reported massive death of fishes within the nation’s territorial waters and was looking beyond the oil industry.
Director-General of NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa, told newsmen in a telephone chat on Wednesday in Yenagoa, that investigation was already ongoing in spite the COVID-19 lockdown.
According to Musa, officials of NOSDRA deployed from Warri, Yenagoa and Port Harcourt have conducted site visits to the Atlantic coastline in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers to collect water and fish samples for tests.
”NOSDRA carried out a reconnaissance of the area in Delta where we first got the report through a member of a non- governmental organisation.
“There is no incident of oil spill within the area of reported dead fishes, notwithstanding that a few dead fishes were seen along the shoreline.
“The event of recent days where the death of fishes in large numbers make it expedient to look beyond oil spillage as the likely cause of death of fishes in such large numbers,” he said.
Musa said that the agency collected samples of water, sediments and some of the dead fishes for laboratory testing, and in doing so, brought on board other relevant government agencies that have mandate on the territorial waters, in particularly the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) and the Federal Institute of Fisheries Research.
“Also, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for all hands on deck assessment of the possible cause or causes of death of the fishes in such large numbers,” Musa said.
The NOSDRA chief executive said that the results of ongoing laboratory analysis would be compared with results from the participating agencies to profer an effective solution and ensures a more stringent regulation in future.
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