Oil spill from Mobil Producing Nigeria, the operator of Qua Iboe Terminal, has affected three communities in Ibeno Local Government
Area, Akwa Ibom State.
The communities are Nkpana; Inua Eyet Ikot and Esuk Ikim Ekeme.
The oil spill was said to have occurred when a thunderstorms caused a tank fire on Friday.
The amount of oil lost to the fire and spill hasn’t been calculated, according to a statement from the oil giant.
Speaking on the development, the Village Head of Iwuo Okpom, a community in Ibeno, Okon AKpanubong, condemned the oil giant for
endearing the lives of its host communities.
Akpanubong urged Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN) to begin the clean up exercise of the fresh oil spill in the area without delay.
He noted that the management had inspected the site and promised to get back to the communities.
The Village Head lamented that there had been series of oil spill since the company came on board thus making the local communities losing confidence in Mobil.
His words: “Saturday night another super oil spill from the storage facility occurred after serious heavy rain and thunderstorms. The spilled has extended to the ocean and come out to the coast communities.
“Oil spill is detrimental to health as it affects the lives of human beings, plants and fishing. You know the main occupation of the people here is fishing. How do you expect the people to feed their families?”
He appealed to the Federal Government and other relevant agencies to come to the rescue of the Ibeno people.
Also, the Coordinator of Artisan Fishermen Association of Nigeria, John Etim, said fishermen are facing untold hardship as result of oil spill in Ibeno.
He said: “Today, water is not better for the fishermen to fish; the oil spill affects the life of the fishes and other aquatic life.
“Every fish that live on the water will escape to other neighbouring countries that will have a clean water to survive.”