Ocean surge: IYC calls for urgent action to avert human and environmental disaster
By Amos Odeh,Yenagoa.
The Ijaw Youth Council (IYC), Worldwide has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Environment to take urgent steps to avert the impending human and environmental disaster at Koluama 1 and 2 Communities in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State arising from a daily threatening ocean surge.
This was contained in a press statement signed by IYC Spokesman, Eric Omare.
According to him these communities especially Koluama 2 is at the risk of being overtaken by the ocean which has taken a substantial part of the land on which the community is situated and if urgent steps are not taken the entire Koluama 2 Community may not exist in the nearest future.
“This is an impending humanitarian and environmental disaster which can be averted if urgent proactive steps are taken. The situation in Koluama 2 community is not helped by the abandonment suffered by the community as a result of the decades of oil exploration and exploitation in the community by American oil giant, Chevron Nigeria Limited without commensurate corporate social responsibility to ameliorate the environmental hazards suffered by the community. Chevron’s wilful refusal to pay compensation for damages arising from the 2012 gas explosion coupled with the abject poverty in the community speaks volume of the level of abandonment”.
The IYC is appalled by the insensitivity of the federal Ministry of Environment to the situation being faced by the Koluama Communities despite the fact that the IYC had drawn the Ministry’s attention to the situation in June 2014. To the IYC, the Koluama issue just like the other environmental crisis in the Niger Delta is a personal challenge to President Jonathan who is an environmentalist and very familiar with the problem, hence we call on him to acct now and save the Koluama Communities from extinction.