28 February 2014, Warri — IJAW communities at Agge, along River Ramos, between Ekeremo in Bayelsa State and Bururtu in Delta State, have issued a seven -day ultimatum to a Delta State-based oil servicing firm, within which to send relief materials, medications and pay adequate compensation to victims of oil spill that occurred last December.
The spill occurred when a barge allegedly carrying about 4,000 litres of crude oil sank in the river, polluting the environment, damaging fishing gears and causing death of aquatic lives and posing health hazard to the communities.
The barge is said to belong to Sterling Oil Exploration and Energy Production based at Okpai in Ndokwa axis of Delta State.
A Joint Investigation Visit, JIV, by the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, led by the Warri Zonal Office Director, Mr. Akindele, met with representatives of the communities to assess the damage and recommended adequate compensation.
A community representative, Mr. Mitchell Suwa, applauded NOSDRA for its prompt action, saying “now we know that they are working.”