Oil spill: 6,000 fishermen rendered joblessUnited Kingdom
The oil spill reported in the Bonny area of Rivers State has rendered more than 6,000 fishermen jobless, according to the Bonny Environment Consultant Committee.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the spill from a vandalised pipeline belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company was reported by fishermen through the committee on August 2. However, SPDC claimed to have received the report on August 8.
A spokesman for the committee, Chief Sodienye Abere, told NAN in Port Harcourt on Thursday that more than 6,000 registered fishermen had remained jobless since the spill was reported.
He said, “It might interest you to know that more than 6,000 fishermen have not gone to the sea for 26 days; and as we speak, Shell has not done anything for them in form of compensation.”
Abere said that from preliminary studies, more than four million barrels of crude oil had been spilled into Bonny River since the incident was reported in early August.
He said that the spill had covered more than 10 kilometres of the river and destroyed about 14 kilometres of the beach.
“We cannot quantify the number of fish and other wildlife already killed by the spill. But we are worried that Shell is in the area doing clean up without us.”
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