Chief Harrison Odungwere
In response to Punch Metro, a monarch within the Ogale neighborhood, Eleme Native Authorities Space of Rivers State, Chief Harrison Odungwere, stated on Tuesday that some residents of his space cook dinner and bathe with bottled and sachet water following the contamination of the groundwater within the space.
Odungwere, who’s the paramount ruler of the Mbunmeta neighborhood in Ogale, expressed disappointment that residents of the world had regularly consumed benzene contaminated water because of the absence of potable water in the neighborhood.
He, nevertheless, referred to as on the Federal Authorities to supply potable water by industrialising its provide within the space, as personal boreholes produced water laced with crude oil.
He stated, “I’ve about 300 luggage of sachet water, which we use for cooking and bathing, which can final my household every week. However those that can’t afford bottled or sachet water nonetheless drink, bathe and cook dinner with the contaminated water.
“Our neighborhood is closely impacted and polluted by hydrocarbons for the previous 15 years or thereabouts.
“The Ogale individuals have been consuming extremely polluted water and struggling till when the Hydrocarbon Air pollution Remediation Venture got here up and began supplying potable water with tankers, which was an enormous reduction that point till that programme failed.”
Odungwere added that although the Niger Delta Growth Fee had dug one borehole within the space, the place the residents entry clear water, the provision was insufficient for the individuals.
“The NDDC has dug one borehole someplace in our neighborhood for individuals go to fetch water, however it’s not sufficient. We’d like an industrialised water provide system that can be related to individuals’s properties in our neighborhood,” he confused.