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Location: Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State
GPS Coordinates: Elev -3m N 04°19.436’ E006°26.075’ [Just behind the community] Elev -2m N04°18.821’ E006° 26.894’ [taken at a fishing camp, on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean].
Odioama is a Nembe-speaking Ijaw community with several satellite settlements along the fringes of the Atlantic Ocean and the St. Nicholas River which empties into the Atlantic.
Photo: A dead fish captured on the shoreline
The occupation of the locals is fishing because of its strategic location. Fisher folks from outside the community have also settled in the environment and derive their means of livelihood from there. In December 2011 Shell Bonga spill occurred and after ERA/FoEN received confirmation of the spread of the Bonga spill to the Odioama environment from community folks; field monitors promptly visited the community and reported their findings. While the people and environment are yet to recover from the impacts of the Bonga spill of 2011; fisher folks from the community reached out to ERA/FoEN on Friday 29th November 2013 with the information that another major spill from the Nigerian Agip Oil Company/ Eni has just impacted the environment.
ERA/FoEN mobilized to visit the Odioama community on Sunday, 1st December, 2013 with a view to making independent observation and speaking directly with victims. The leadership of the community led by the Chairman of Odioama Kingdom Council of Chiefs conducted field monitors around some of the sites and fishing camps for the much needed physical observation of the environment. Signs of crude oil were observed and captured on video and still photos. Vegetation and other materials along the sand banks were seen soiled with crude oil which was very thick in some areas.
Anchor human rights on social security and livelihoods protection, ERA/FoEN tells Nigerian govt.
On the occasion of the World Human Rights Day (10 December, 2013) the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has advocated that the Nigerian government anchors human rights promotionon sustainable policies that guarantee protection of livelihoods and social security of Nigerians.
Every year starting10 December 1950, the United Nations has marked the Human Rights Day to bring to the attention governments and ‘of the peoples of the world’ the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.
The theme of the 2013 event is 20 Years Working for Your Rights, re-emphasizing again the thrust of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, adopted by the World Conference in 1993, which marked the beginning of a renewed effort in the protection and promotion of human rights. The declaration is regarded as one of the most significant human rights documents of the past quarter century.
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The theme of the World Environment Day 2013 is “Think. Eat. Save”. Each word is loaded and stands alone, separated by unambiguous periods. That should get us thinking indeed. Many people in the world do not really think before eating. They are more preoccupied by the nagging question of where the next meal would come from. There are also a number of persons whose questions pertain to what to eat out of the myriad of choices on their sumptuous dining tables. And, of course, there are people to whom saving food is not a problem while to yet others there is simply no choice in doing that. There are others who wish to save but cannot do so either due to a lack of means to do so, or for the reason of current insufficiencies.
There is a lot of food for thought in just considering the theme.