Delta Community Accuses Shell of Insensitivity

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The people of Okpealama Community in Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, have accused Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC)Nigeria of alleged destruction of their fishing traps.

They claimed that SPDC authorities had been uncooperative over the development, which had caused them hardship, since fishing was their only means of livelihood.

Addressing newsmen in Warri over the development, the community’s Chairman, Comrade Yabrade Moses, said that he hadled a peaceful protest to SPDC Beach, at Madangho, to register its grievances over the development, but Shell had remained insensitive to his people’s plight.

According to him, though the drilling supervisor of the Shell Flow Station at Ogidigben and the Beach Master, SPDC Madangho, who spoke to the protesting villagers, had assured them that their message would be communicated to SPDC, he said nothing had been done about the anomaly, two weeks on now.

He urged the authorities to investigate the action of its contracting firm and pay damages for fishing traps destroyed by navigating boats.

He said he could no longer guarantee peace from the villagers, who wereangry on account of the predicament into which the SPDC contractors had plunged them.

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