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How Indigenous People Revolted Against Gas Flaring in the Niger Delta



Gas flaring by oil companies in the Niger Delta constitutes one of the worst forms of environmental degradation. The practice has continued primarily due to the lack of political will on the part of our governments which acts as both regulator and partner to the oil companies exploiting crude oil. 

CODAF has been working with Oil producing communities in Isoko area of Delta State and they Igbide, Uzere, Olomoro, Oleh, Otor-Owhe, Irri and Idheze communities. The women in these communities are on a daily basis exposed to the hazardous and obnoxious nature of gas flare-flame and gases which they use to process local food. These activities has negative impact on the health of these women. The women use the heat from gas flare to dry their fish and kpokpo garri (a delicacy from Cassava). The health impact comes from the inhalation of the toxic gas produced by the flares and through the consumption of the processed food items. CODAF has organized meetings and workshops for the Isoko people to enlighten them further on the health impacts and proffered solutions by distributing manuals to them to help them to deal with the gas flare situation in their respective communities. 

We have also trained over one hundred and fifty (150) women and young people on how to adequately utilize the energy from the sun in drying their food items to enhance the capacity of the women to process their food without going close to the flare sites. We have partnered with the media, indigenous networks and other NGOs to support the global campaign against gas flaring and climate change and also influenced a Nigerian government policy to embrace transition from fossil fuel to renewable energies as an agenda to support the global campaign against climate change.

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