Opu-Nembe’s Amayanabo, King Biobelemoye Josiah, wants the relevant federal government agencies to show more concern for the welfare of the people of the kingdom.
He made the request on Saturday in a statement in which he congratulated the governor of Bayelsa state, Douye Diri, for the actions taken to resolve the problem of the oil spills in Nembe.
King Josiah, who is also the Ogbodo VIII, urged the governor to curb the agencies to do whatever they can to reduce the suffering of his people.
He called for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to be tasked with swiftly distributing relief supplies to communities affected by the oil and gas spill that has ravaged the country for some time.
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The traditional leader listed the agencies to include the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) and the relevant flow regulation commissions (high, medium and low) in the petroleum sector.
The others were the National Environmental Regulatory and Sanitation Agency (NESREA) and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited (NNPC).
King Josiah commended Governor Diri for condemning the oil and gas spill and the continued destruction of the environment and loss of livelihoods for the people of the Opu-Nembe Kingdom, as well as the establishment of ” a committee to assess the extent and effect of the spill.
“The king and his kingdom also greatly appreciate His Excellency’s visit to make an on-site assessment of the devastating oil and gas eruption which has not yet been contained for about a month,” the statement said.
“We have recorded the empathy shown by Your Excellency in providing immediate sinking financial support to all segments of the Kingdom during your visit. We further commend you (the Governor) for immediately ordering your deputy to set up a “Nembe Oil Spill Assessment Committee”.
“Your Excellency, my people and I also want to congratulate you for urging AITEO whose oil wellhead caused the spill, to provide adequate repair / compensation to communities, families, businesses, farmland / waterways / affected equipment. “