By Michael Peter, The Sight News
Abuja: The African Center for Leadership, Strategy and Development, Center LSD has stressed the need for government and oil companies to arrest the soot menace currently polluting Rivers State and its environs.
The Programmes Coordinator, Center LSD, Monday Osasah, at a press briefing in Abuja in commemoration of the 2018 world environment day, stated that despite the engagement by different bodies including Civil Society Organisations and media in Nigeria, environmental governance has remained a major challenge in the Niger-delta region of the country.
Osasah stressed that the black soot ravaging rivers state, according to findings, is a cancer-causing particle in the atmosphere linked to oil exploration and gas flaring in the Niger-delta region of the country.
He also said that president Muhammadu Buhari’s democracy speech which noted that the environmental clean-up on the region which commenced with the launch in BODO and OGONI in June 2016 is progressing satisfactorily, raises a lot of questions than answers as nothing about the clean-up exercise is near satisfactory.
He added that while the clean-up of ogoni land and the soot situation remains gory, inappropriate plastic disposal in major cities, towns and villages is becoming worrisome as blockage of gutters, sewage and canal have become common sights, posing great danger to human and aquatic lives.
Osasah further called on the government and its agencies, companies involved with exploration and production of plastics, communities, artisanal refiners and other well-meaning organizations and concerned individuals across the nation to do the needful to reverse the cause of environmental pollutions of whatever nature including the black soot and plastic pollutions.