Oil exploration endangers 67 Delta, Ondo towns

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About 67 Ijaw, Itsekiri and Ilaje coastal communities in Delta and Ondo States are facing perilous times, following oil and gas exploration/exploitation activities of oil firms, which have severely affected their eco-systems, Vanguard reports.

While some of the communities are reportedly sinking, others are facing contamination of their sources of water supply and destruction of their means of livelihood. A non-natural waterway constructed by oil firms at Polobubor (Tsekelewu), an Ijaw community in Warri North Local Government Area, Delta State to ferry drilling equipment to exploration sites decades ago has put the life and properties of the residents of about 45 other Ijaw communities in the area and Awoye (Ilaje) in Ondo state in jeopardy.

Residents complained that every year, they suffer flooding in their respective communities owing to the seaway created by the CNL, Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), which inherited the operations of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), and Elcrest E & P Joint Ventures. They disclosed that the canal which exposed them to the Atlantic Ocean has degraded the ecology of major Ijaw communities.