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Sylva’s kinsmen angry over AGIP neglect of oil spillage  in Okpoama  

Timipre Sylva Minister of State for Petroleum

There is rising anger in Okpoama Kingdom in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State over the neglect of a 14 days old oil spillage from the Ogoda-Brass trunk line of the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC), causing pollution, death of aquatic lives and mangrove trees in the area.

Okpoama  is the Community of the Minister for State Petroleum Resources, Chief Timmipre Sylva/

The Chairman of the Chiefs Council of Okpoama Kingdom, Chief Inikio Sele-Dede,who disclosed this in a statement issued in Yenagoa, said the spill has since been reported to Agip severally without response from the oil giant, adding that the agency responsible for pollution matters, NOSDRA has also been informed without response.

He explained that the entire territory has been polluted, affecting aquatic lives and mangrove trees in the area.

Chief Sele-Dede said he personally called on phone a senior manager with NAOC, Engineer Dieneruo Dan-Jombo who promised to take action but thereafter refused to take his calls.

”I personally called one of the top managers of the company, Dieneiruo Dan-Jombo who promised to take action but has refused to take my calls thereafter.” He said.

According to him that was the fifth spill in less than a year on that axis of the 49 years old Ogoda-Brass Trunk Line feeding the Brass Terminal with crude oil for export.

“This is the fifth oil spill in less than a year on the same axis of the Ogoda-Brass pipeline, which supply crude oil from various oil fields to the Brass Terminal and it is a 49 years old trunk line. The line is old enough to experience crisis like this.’ Chief Sele-Dede explained.

All efforts to reach NAOC comment on the matter proved abortive as the spokesman of the company did not take his call.

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