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Location: Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State
GPS Coordinates: Elev -3m N 04°19.436’ E006°26.075’ [Just behind the community] Elev -2m N04°18.821’ E006° 26.894’ [taken at a fishing camp, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean].
Odioama is a Nembe-speaking Ijaw community with several satellite settlements along the fringes of the Atlantic Ocean and the St. Nicholas River which empties into the Atlantic.
Photo: A dead fish captured on the shoreline
The occupation of the locals is fishing because of its strategic location. Fisher folks from outside the community have also settled in the environment and derive their means of livelihood from there. In December 2011 Shell Bonga spill occurred and after ERA/FoEN received confirmation of the spread of the Bonga spill to the Odioama environment from community folks; field monitors promptly visited the community and reported their findings. While the people and environment are yet to recover from the impacts of the Bonga spill of 2011; fisher folks from the community reached out to ERA/FoEN on Friday 29th November 2013 with the information that another major spill from the Nigerian Agip Oil Company/ Eni has just impacted the environment.
ERA/FoEN mobilized to visit the Odioama community on Sunday, 1st December, 2013 with a view to making independent observation and speaking directly with victims. The leadership of the community led by the Chairman of Odioama Kingdom Council of Chiefs conducted field monitors around some of the sites and fishing camps for the much needed physical observation of the environment. Signs of crude oil were observed and captured on video and still photos. Vegetation and other materials along the sand banks were seen soiled with crude oil which was very thick in some areas.
Sanction Agip for failure to Curtail Odioama Oil Spill, ERA/FoEN Urges FG
The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has demanded the Federal Government compel Agip to clamp is leaking oil facilities that have ravaged Odioama community in Bayelsa State, and compel the company to embark on cleanups and compensation of affected communities.
ERA/FoEN is making the call following a Save our Souls from community folks which necessitated an investigation by ERA/FoEN field monitors which confirmed oil slick spreading along the Odioama coastline on the fringes of the Atlantic ocean.
Odioama is a Nembe-speaking Ijaw community in Bayelsa State with several satellite settlements. The main occupation of the locals is fishing. Odioama is one of the communities affected by the 2011 Bonga spill incident blamed on Shell.
On Friday, 29th November, 2013 a major spill from facilities belonging to the Nigerian Agip Oil Company/ Eni impacted the environment again threatening local sources of livelihoods.
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The theme of the World Environment Day 2013 is “Think. Eat. Save”. Each word is loaded and stands alone, separated by unambiguous periods. That should get us thinking indeed. Many people in the world do not really think before eating. They are more preoccupied by the nagging question of where the next meal would come from. There are also a number of persons whose questions pertain to what to eat out of the myriad of choices on their sumptuous dining tables. And, of course, there are people to whom saving food is not a problem while to yet others there is simply no choice in doing that. There are others who wish to save but cannot do so either due to a lack of means to do so, or for the reason of current insufficiencies.
There is a lot of food for thought in just considering the theme.