An oil spill that has raged for over two weeks in Nigeria’s Delta area will be “quickly remedied,” President Muhammadu Buhari said in a statement on Wednesday.
There has been an oil leakage in Nigeria’s Delta region, one of the most polluted regions on Earth, since the 1970s. Aiteo Eastern E&P reported the spill on Nov. 5 in the Nembe district of Bayelsa state.
High-ranking officials from Nigeria’s Ministry of Petroleum, led by Timipre Sylva, visited the site on Wednesday.
Sylva, in a statement provided by the office of President Muhammadu Buhari, stated that he was trying to guarantee that there were no conflicts between Aiteo and the local people as a result of the oil leak. Boots & Coots, a subsidiary of Halliburton, has been hired by Aiteo to contain the oil spill, the company announced in a statement on Nov. 20.
In the beginning, the business stated that the leak was “of an extraordinarily high order” and that attempts to access the site were halted owing to the high pressure of the leak.