At least eight people have been killed by gas explosion at Chevron Oil facilities Foropa community in Southern Ijaw Local Government of Bayelsa State since January.
The Post was understands that the absence of adequate medical facilities in the area had led to the deaths as other patients in the community have been forced to relocate the Yenagoa to seek medical attention.
Secretary of Foropa Community Development Committee(CDC), Ebitimi Sese , told journalists that their river and creeks have equally been polluted by the gas explosion stressing that bubbles of gas could still be seen around the KS Endeavour rig.
Sese appealed to the management of Chevron to seal up the leakage before it degenerates into an epidemic in the area.
The scribe argued that the relief material brought to the area by Chevron was not enough for the eleven autonomous communities and 66 satellite communities consisting 27,600 population in Foropa Kingdom.
According to him, aquatic lives in the river are under threat of extinction as only a few catches are consumable.
Sese regretted that their only source of drinking water was no longer conducive for the inhabitants due to the explosion
“Nobody goes to fishing as the aquatic lives in the river have been destroyed. There is no way for survival for our people, because fishing is our major occupation. We are now stranded because our people no longer embark on fishing expedition. Some people died as a result of the gas explosion effect,” he said.
Speaking further, he said, “We have recorded eight deaths in the communities since the explosion occurred in the area. There is no medical assistance to the community. No drugs for patients. There is no doctor or nurse to take care of patients. Some managed to convey their relations to Yenagoa for medical treatment as a result of lack of quick response leading to the death of these eight persons.
“The state government has not been responsive to the plight of the people. Several peaceful protests have been organized against Chevron at Warri, Delta State and Yenagoa in respect of the gas explosion. The company only brought some food items and beverages as relief which is not enough for 11 recognizedautonomous and sixty-six satellite communities under Foropa Kingdom.