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Oil pollution: Bayelsa communities urged to demand environmental justice

Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), an environment advocacy group has urged pollution impacted coastal communities in Bayelsa State to demand environmental justice from governments and multinationals oil companies operating in the area.

HOMEF gave the assertion on Wednesday in Twon Brass , Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa Stat  at a one day educational dialogue and community building consensus for coastal communities in the area.

The Programme Manager Fossils Politics,HOMEF, Mr Stephen Oduware, in his opening remark, said communities around the Nembe and Brass areas are out of many others that suffer incessant oil spills, noting that dialogue and training aim to unite community voices against activities of polluting companies.

According to Oduware, the dialogue  is to bring the people together and empower them monitor, report and document the environmental impacts, the changes and the sufferings they are going through and demand justice.

He said: “We are here to have a community diagnostic dialogue with Twon-Brass communities to talk about the existential environmental challenges that they face. You will agree with me that these communities are predominantly fishermen and women and they face issues of pollution, not just from the oil production platform but also from loading facilities and loading vessels off the coast.

“We came here to sit together, analyse the environmental conditions and together talk about the needed action for the communities and they have identified their need which include environmental cleanup, remediation and restoration and health audit.

“HOMEF is here to stand in solidarity with the people to ensure that their voices must be heard, their environment are cleaned up, remediated and restored and the wellbeing of the people is restored.”

In his remarks, the Vice Chairman Twon-Brass Council of Chiefs, Chief Weekse  Numolaghabofa, while commending HOMEF for their solidarity with the impacted people, said they have been affected by the ocean surge, oil spills and pollution from activities of multinationals and domestics oil companies in the area, and called for urgent action to save the people.

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