There were wild jubilations on the streets of Nembe, Bayelsa State, following the news of the fixing of the wellhead which has been spilling oil and gas since last month.
The Executive Director of Programs, African Centre for Justice and Human Rights (ACJHR), Miss Chinomso Nduka Edede, who has been in Bayelsa monitoring events since the spill praised the AITEO’s technical ingenuity in stopping the leak.
Ms. Edede said AITEO exhibited extraordinary technical capacity which no other company can if faced with similar challenges noting that AITEO put the people first at all times and not money or business.
She also commended the people of Nembe who in the face of the challenges stood together and helped one another to pull through saying that was the spirit that was worthy of emulation for all Nigerians.
She said: “Finally we can now leave Bayelsa. We pledged to the people not to leave until we saw this process to an end and ensured the people were not shortchanged. We are glad we have seen the end and the people were not maltreated or used for business sampling. We appreciate AITEO for that and urge all Nigerian companies to emulate them.
Meanwhile, the President of the Arewa Consultative Youth Movement, Mallam Kabiru Yusuf has praised President Muhammadu Buhari for providing leadership which led to the final containment of the leaking OML 29 Wellhead which had been spilling oil and gas since the November 5, 2021.
Mallam Kabiru said: “Under the leadership and guidance of President Buhari, this great and challenging feat has been achieved. We also thank very immensely the Minister of State for Petroleum Chief Timipre Sylva who promptly visited the site for a first hand report to the President leading to appropriate steps being taken.
“Our gratitude also goes to AITEO and all the Engineers it mobilized from all over the world to accomplish this.”
Following up on his earlier call to the Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, to support the remedial works rather than incite the people against the government, Mallam Yusuf urged the governor to apologise to President Buhari and Bayelsans and also desist from further attacks at genuine efforts to develop the state just to gain political capital.
Kabiru had earlier challenged the governor on his allegation that the spill was the worst globally in the last over half a century and even worse than the April 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill adjudged to be the worst spill in history.
He had also called on the governor to apologise for such inciting and provocative comments capable of moving the people to violence.