Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) has said it uncovered severe health conditions caused by gas flaring by oil firms at Iwhrekan community in Ughelli South Council of Delta State.
According to the Executive Director of HOMEF, Ken Henshaw, research on the community’s oil pollution problems uncovered life-threatening health conditions affecting respiratory systems and skin, as a result of endless gas flaring in the community within the OML 34 operational area.
The non-governmental organisation made the disclosure to the elders and people of Iwherekan community during a community diagnostic dialogue to address the pollution problems.
He said: “Sometime in November last year, we carried out intensive research on this community and other communities, basically to understanding the underlined natural resource issue of this community and specifically coming to terms with how natural resources extraction has affected the community of Iwhrekan.
Speaking on behalf of Iwherekan community, Elder Victor Onokere said as a host community to ND Western, they suffered devastating effects of oil and gas pollution.
A coordinator of HOMEF, Nnimmo Bassey, disclosed that in 2005, the people of Iwhrekan took Shell to court and won the case at High Court in Benin City. He said despite the court declaration that gas flaring was illegal, it had continued unabated to date.