Environmentalist cautions on indiscriminate disposal of crude in Bayelsa

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YENAGOA – Mr Tontiemote Yeiyei , the project Ondewari Education and Environmental Project (OHEEP), has advised youths to the  indiscriminate disposal crude in Bayelsa.

Yeiyei told the News Agency Nigeria (NAN) in Yenagoa on Sunday, that some youths, under the guise the Bayelsa Volunteers Scheme (BVS), had begun destruction  local refineries in the Southern Ijaw Local Area.

He noted that the operations of the volunteers was being carried due consideration to its implication on the , thereby leaving some communities covered thick smokes.

He said that the polluted air caused by indiscriminate burning of local refineries, had exposed residents in such communities to hazards.

If this is the only way to go about disposing the crude, then our , which the hopes to protect by clamping down on local refineries,is worse off.

“These boys are behaving as outlaws and are answerable to any known agency of .

“They just set the refinery camps ablaze without considering the of the people and the environmental implications.

“I believe that there is need for orderliness and control. Government should consider the option of meaningfully engaging the operators of the refineries, ,” he said.

He said the use of force by the volunteers, had sparked off violent clashes between them and some aggrieved refinery operators.

Investigations showed that officials of National Spills Detection and Agency and Joint Task Force in the Niger Delta, were involved in the operations of the volunteers, headed by a Chief Superintendent of Police.

When contacted for reactions, Mr Alex Akhigbe, for Bayelsa Police Command, told NAN that the Bayelsa Volunteers, comprising 1, 100 youths had yet to commence operations.

“The Bayelsa Volunteers scheme is yet to take off, and I can assure you that there is going to be control.

“It is being coordinated by a Chief Superintendent of Police but the details of the line of command and responsibility, is being worked .

“What is happening at Southern Ijaw is as a result of a task force set up by the local government chairman,” Akhigbe said. (NAN)