Fear Grips Lagos Residents As Fuel Pollutes Wells
Residents of the Abule Egba area of Lagos are living in fear.
They have raised the alarm over pollution of their sources of water supply by fuel that reportedly spilled from the petroleum pipeline ruptured by oil thieves on Wednesday, December 19, 2018.
The wells, which were the main sources of water supply to houses on Arowolo Street, Adeyemi Close and Segun Akinola Street, among others, had been polluted by petrol after the pipeline was vandalised.
Some of the wells have been sealed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.
With the dry season setting in, residents said getting clean water to use had become a herculean task as women and children had to trek long distances.
A landlady on Segun Akinola Street, Mrs Ashabi Adeyinka, said she had to pay at least N300 every day for clean water.
She said, “The last December incident of pipeline fire is still affecting us. Fuel spilled into our well and other wells around here and this is making it difficult for us to live.
“This house was built 29 years ago and we have been fetching water from the well since then. But now, we have to look elsewhere because the water is mixed with fuel. As you can see, some government officials came and sealed the well.”
Some residents said the water pollution did not start with the December 19 destruction of the pipeline. They claimed it began after the rupture of the pipeline on December 26, 2007.
The Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Tajudeen Balogun, whose agency is in charge of protecting pipelines, said that the wells were sealed off by the NNPC.
He said, “Immediately that incident happened, we notified the NNPC and they (officials) came to the area, with other government officials, to test the water. They fetched water from the wells. They were the ones that actually sealed off the wells after taking water samples from the wells.”