An oil pill site at Worikuma-Kiri off Nembe-Bassambiri, Bayelsa State, November 2022. Photo: Alambo Datonye
The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) says a total of 1,086 oil spills were recorded in Bayelsa from 2015 to February 2022.
Director-General, NOSDRA, Idris Musa, explained that out of the 1,086 oil spill incidents recorded in Bayelsa, 917 were caused by sabotage in the form of third party breakage of pipelines or outright blowing up of the pipelines.
Mr Musa confirmed this when he received delegations from Connected Development (CODE) and OXFAM at his office in Abuja.
“As a nation, we lose revenue, individual livelihood due to oil spill which impacts on areas where communities either fish or farm and this is also a loss to the oil companies and environmental hazards”, the Director-General said.
“We recored 1,086 oil spill in Bayelsa from 2015 to February 2022, that is 84.4%”, he said, urging communities to speak out, protect oil installations and tackle issues such as vandals, causing harm to their environment.
Chief Executive Officer CODE, Hamzat Lawal, said the organisation through its ‘Follow the Money initiative’, had tracked the utilisation of public funds to ensure judicious utilisation in the interest of communities, and in collaboration with Oxfam have been working in the Niger Delta region through its Conflict and Fragility project.
He explained the advocacy visit to NOSDRA was to seek collaboration and also domesticate the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights in Nigeria at federal and state levels.
Reporting by Julian Osamoto; editing by Muzha Kucha