Our men no longer last during sex due to impact of gas flaring – Esit Eket women cry out

By Ekemini Simon 

The women of Edo Community in Esit Eket local government area have raised alarm over the impact gas flaring have on their sexual life and that of their partner.

The women say their men can no longer last long during sex owing to the effect of heat that stems from gas flaring going on in their community.

Esit Eket is an oil and gas producing area that has endured damaging effects of gas flaring since Frontier Oil commenced operations in 2003 in one of her communities, Edo.

TheMail Newspaper reports that the women of the area made their concerns known on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 when Policy Alert, a Civil Society Organization working on economic and ecological justice in the Niger Delta with support from Global Greengrants Fund paid a visit to community leaders in Edo for its project on resistance to gas flaring.

In her remark, a Woman Leader in the Edo community, Cecilia Ikot noted that besides the fact that community’s livelihood, and infrastructures have been destroyed owing to the negative effect of the flare by the gas company operating in their domain, their health especially as it affects sex and reproduction have been grossly affected.

She said “Our plants are stunted because of the gas flaring. Fishes in our waters are now scarce because the gas flare has affected their breeding. Our streams have dried up. We are suffering from many strange illnesses and more may be coming.

“Before now, our men were very active and agile during sex but sadly our men no longer last long during sex because of the heat from gas flaring which affects their reproductive organs. Our men were never like this until the company here started flaring gas in our community. This has become a grave concern to many families and we cannot continue to keep quiet. 

“Women are not left out in the trouble. Our women now suffer during childbirth. We call it “Anakor” in the local parlance. Some even find it difficult to conceive because of the heat from the flared gas. If you put your finger in your nose, you see charcoal. We need urgent help”.

Many medical experts have confirmed that frequent exposure to heat can cause premature ejaculation as claimed by the women of Esit Eket. One of such is published in December 2017 by an internationally recognized Homeopath Sexologist, Dr. Amit Nale.

In their respective remarks, the Village Head of Akpan Idungafia in Edo community, Chief Akpan Etukudo and the Village Head of Edo Atai in Edo Community, Chief S.J Unyongmkpo thanked Policy Alert for the interest shown in the community. They expressed readiness to work with Policy Alert so as to resist gas flaring in their community.

Also, in Iwuoachang Community, Ibeno local government area which was visited by Policy Alert, Woman Leader of the Community, Obonganwan Eta Ibok said the community has suffered due to years of gas flaring.

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While expressing the community’s readiness to support the project, she said with the data that would be afforded them coupled with other training by Policy Alert they will be rightly disposed to hold government officials and multinational companies accountable with the aim to end gas flaring.

Earlier, the project lead, Dinah David said the project which is tagged “Empowering Niger Delta communities with data as a tool for resisting gas flaring” will facilitate community-led action that links available but poorly utilized data to policy and legal reforms that seek to address gas flaring and climate change.

She noted that the project although will include all gender gives preference to women especially as those mostly affected by gas flaring.

David offered insight to the fact that in achieving the goal of the project, Policy Alert will conduct action research on impacts of gas flaring in the two communities,  build a corps of at least 50 community infomediaries who can utilize extractive data to hold government, companies and politicians accountable for gas flaring.

The project lead said the organization will further simplify and amplify community-specific data on gas flaring, penalties, and impacts, while campaigning for an immediate end to gas flaring.

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