Jibunoh regrets neglect of environment by successive administrations
Environmental activist, Chief Newton Jibunoh, yesterday said the current environment degradation that has led to deforestation and encouraged the current Fulani herdsmen menace could have been averted were his persistent warnings adhered to by successive administrations in the country.
Jibunoh, who made the remarks in Asaba while addressing journalists on the consequences of the negligence and its telling effects on Nigeria, commended the Director General, Asaba Capital Territory Development Agency (ACTDA), Mrs. Joan Mrakpor, and her team for braving all odds to give the state capital a breath of fresh air.
Appreciating the agency for the honour of being part of the media parley, Jibunoh promised to work with the organisation in ensuring that they achieve their aim of making residents of the state capital and its environs to enjoy clean air, which health implications cannot be quantified
He said: “I am in Asaba virtually every other month, and I have been observing changes, not just on the community as a whole, but its impact on the health of the people, which we most often take for granted. Especially the air, which we cannot see, but we must take in every second of the day, unlike water that we can discard when it is dirty or smelly. When environment is cleaned up as it is being done now, you cannot estimate the effect it has on the health of the people. I tell you this because I have experienced it, and I have been in it for 50 years.”
He narrated a very interesting story of his 75 birthday to buttress his point, saying he was seeing “changes that have been taking place in last one year here in Asaba. At 82, I can do very little, but with this agency, I can help to drive these wonderful initiatives.”
The octogenarian went on: “I want to say it again that whatever I can do to help with this idea, in checking the degradation that is threatening our livelihood and killing us, please be assured that I will be there for you and the agency.”
In his remark, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, represented by the Commissioner for Information, Charles Aniagwu, said he was very pleased with Jibunoh’s contribution to the environment and his endorsement of the state’s efforts to better the environment through the agency.
The agency’s DG later denied reports making the rounds that she was having a running battle with the Hausa community. She stated: “The Hausa community has remained the most organised people, with a leadership that are very well organised as well. They asked for 48 hours and they kept to their words.”