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Location: Kalaba, in Okodia clan, Yenagoa local government area, Bayelsa State.
GPS Coordinates: Elev: -17m N 05°08.122’ E 006°27.051’, Elev: -4m N 05°08.050’ E 006°27.128’, Elev: 2m N 05°08.050’ E 006°27.125’, Elev: 6m N 05°09.478’ E 006°26.346’
Occupation: Farming, Hunting and fishing folks.
Date of Visit: 26th February, 2014
Pictures :fish in a pond near one of the sites
Kalaba community is one of the six communities that make up the Okordia clan in Yenagoa LGA of Bayelsa State. Natives are indigenous Ijaw- speaking people engagedin fishing and subsistence agriculture for livelihoods. The community had for generations engaged in fishing before the hosting of Nigeria Agip Oil Company (NAOC)pipeline that conveys crude oil and gas from the Taylor creek Oilfield to Ohie flow station at Akinima in Rivers State became a huge hazard to their environment and livelihood. The community environment has suffered so much degradation to such extent that the locals view the company as parasite on their environment. Ruptured oilpipes with crude oil leakages ranging from equipment failure to sabotage have a history of very late response by NAOC as previous reports by the ERA/FoEN shows; except when the reports get public attention and that of the regulatory agencies. A point in case is the double spill spots in 2009 that were left unattended to for over two months, even though NAOC was aware of the incident. This situation led to the spewing of thousands of barrels of Crude oil into the delicate environment.
Be wary of coal mining deal with Jindal, ERA/FoEN cautions Nigerian Govt
The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has cautioned the Federal Government from going ahead with a rumoured deal with Jindal Power and Steel India to revitalize coal mining in the country, describing the rumour, if true as “a bad omen” for communities already suffering environmental impacts of mining in Enugu and other states where coal is mined.
Media reports last week indicated that the Nigerian government may have tipped the Indian firm to tap the country’s coal vast mine deposits. ERA/FoEN aversion to the plan is predicated on news indicating that Jindal operations in other parts of Africa continue to impact communities.
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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.