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Foundation cautions against gas flaring, pollution in Gelegele

By Michael Egbejule, Benin City
19 November 2021   |   3:23 am
Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF’s), yesterday, decried the alarming rate of gas flaring and pollution in the country, seeking for an end to the problem, responsible for environmental damage to communities.

Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF’s), yesterday, decried the alarming rate of gas flaring and pollution in the country, seeking for an end to the problem, responsible for environmental damage to communities.

This was the position taken at the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF)’s capacity-building training workshop held in Gelegele community in the Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State.

An environmentalist, Morris Alagoa, in his presentation, tasked community members to identify and work on the problems bedeviling residents in Gelegele community, which is located in the Ovia North-East Local Government Area of Edo State.

Alagoa said: “It is time to take action. Once you agree to act as a community, everyone must ensure to comply and work in the best interest of the community.”

Alagoa noted that it was imperative for people to adhere to collective decision if their actions are to have desired impact, adding: “If you see something wrong, be ready to say it out and don’t be silent over it. Team up with bodies and organisations that fight against injustice. If you speak up, people will come together to fight with you against such injustice.” He stressed that every community and locals must be committed to the campaign for ensuring sustainability of our environment.

Earlier in his welcome address, Prince Babs Pawuru of Host Communities Network (HoCoN) expressed gladness over the training and urged community members to be ready to join in the struggle to end exploitations.

“I am happy we have this gathering today. This meeting will help youths and other community members to know how to demand accountability from
corporations that engage in harmful activities. Together, we can also hold the government responsible. To start with, we have to stand together and demand the immediate ending of gas flaring in Gelegele.”