Omege Agalegu village, Ndufu-Alike, in Ikwo Native Authorities Space of Ebonyi State, yesterday protested over alleged land air pollution of their group by a mining firm, First Patriot Nigeria Ltd.
The group, nevertheless, demanded N300,000 million compensation from the mining firm for damaging their farmlands and water supply.
The air pollution in keeping with the group has been ongoing for over three years with no effort made by the mentioned Firm or State Authorities to reverse the ugly pattern.
They mentioned the event led to the poisoning of their main supply of potable water, land and dying of aquatic life inside the setting.
They had been carrying placards with the inscription: “Re: The Devastating Impact of Your Firm’s Waste Disposal on Our Land and Water Setting and Demand for Compensation” addressed to the Director, First Patriot Nigeria Ltd, Ndufu-Alike-Ikwo and signed by the Chairman and Secretary, Omege Improvement Union, Sunday Nwewor and Ogbonnaya Nweke, respectively.
In keeping with the Group, ”we now have watched helplessly the destruction and devastation of our vegetation, animals, crops and financial livelihood, the degradation of our land and water setting brought on by the waste discharged into our water via the Firm’s actions of mineral exploration and exploration.
Different members of the group who spoke to DAILY POST on the ugly state of affairs embody Nweke Nworie, Uche Uguru, Ekuma Chukwudi, Monday Nwanchor, Nweke Christopher and Umanyi Rosemary.
“The motion of the Firm is condemnable, absurd and infringement on the Group’s basic proper to stay and make the most of its pure assets.
“We, the individuals of the Group hereby demand quick compensation for the damages, pains and trauma brought on by the Firm’s waste disposal into our stream. We demand compensation of N300, 000, 000 million naira.
“The compensation must be inside 30 working days from the day of the receipt of this letter. We demand that the Firm from at this time stops polluting our land and water setting. We demand the corporate to construct their waste disposal amenities to keep away from extra harm to us” they mentioned.
In a swift response, the Mission Supervisor of First Patriot Nig. Ltd, Mr. Neelam Sada defined that the quick land homeowners the place exploration work is going down will not be complaining of any ugly state of affairs.
“Omege Group is just not inside our space of operation. They didn’t give us land straight and so, they don’t seem to be our landowners. What they’re claiming is just not right.
“The place the Group is busy writing and claiming Environmental hazard is sort of 5kms away from our operations base after our host group. Our host group doesn’t have any complaints on any sort of effluent discharge or any harm” he mentioned.
DAILY POST gathered that the group had engaged legal professionals who in keeping with findings had written to the Federal Ministry of Mines and Metal Improvement, Ebonyi State, the Coordinator, NESREA, Ebonyi State Discipline Workplace as a part of measures to make sure fast dispensation of justice to the individuals of the group.