The Okpoama Vanguard, a socio-political group in Bayelsa State, Wednesday threatened to shut down the Brass Oil Export Terminal operated by the Nigeria Agip Oil Company, if it fails to contain the massive oil spill from the facility that has devastated the waterways since last week.
The group, in statement signed by Its Secretary, Tariyo Akono, stated that the spillage had destroyed the fishing activity in the area even as they noted that the company has refused to take action to arrest the situation.
According to the statement, the incident has hampered economic activities in the coastal communities, warning that unless Agip heed the call to immediately contain and clean up the spill, it would have no choice than to mobilise the people to disrupt activities at the terminal until the needful is done.
Akono insisted that the incident had brought untold hardship to the people of the area, as fishermen from Ewoama, Mbikiri, Okpoama-abadianga, Laijakiri, Bubelebarakiri, Akabeleu, Odioma and Shellkiri have all lost their nets to the spill.
He said as they could not retrieve their nets, they had since stopped fishing since November 29, “a situation which has put the economy of the area in jeopardy as fishing is the mainstay of the economy of the people in the area.
“Agip should do the needful and come to the aid of the fishermen while they try to contain the spill, otherwise we will mobilise our people to stop activities at the terminal.”