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Dickson bemoans oil companies’ activities in Niger Delta


[FILES] Gov. Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa

Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has expressed dismay over insensitivity of the multinational oil companies to the plights of the host communities in the Niger Delta region.

Dickson spoke when he received the Green Wheel Award from the Rotary International District 9141 in recognition of his contribution to environmental challenges affecting the region.

The District Governor, Rotary International District 9141, Adeyemi Oladokun, presented the award to Dickson, who was represented by his Commissioner for Environment, Ebipadei Apaingolo, at the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) Warri, Delta State.

Dickson condemned the multinational oil firms for brazenly destroying environment in the region, without adherence to international best practices in their activities.

He commended Rotary International for deeming it fit to recognise the activities of his administration.

He called on oil companies and the Federal Government to operate in accordance with best practices

The Governor, who reiterated his commitment to fighting environmental degradation, noted that the launch of Rise For Bayelsa Campaign, was an initiative aimed at attracting global attention to the ravaging effects of oil spills, pollution and environmental degradation in the state.

Oladokun noted that, the activities of Governor Seriake Dickson-led administration, especially the recently held ‘Rise for Bayelsa’ programme, attracted the international body.

“It was based on these developments that the Organisation decided to honour the government with the prestigious award,” he said.

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