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Rivers youths demand action on soot report

By Obinna Nwaoku, Port Harcourt
23 December 2021   |   2:40 am
Chairman, Rivers State chapter of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Bani Nwisabari, yesterday, called on the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, to issue a white paper on soot report.

Wike. Photo/ facebook/GovernorNyesomEzenwoWikeCON

Chairman, Rivers State chapter of National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Bani Nwisabari, yesterday, called on the state Governor, Nyesom Wike, to issue a white paper on soot report.

Nwisabari made the call in a statement issued in Port Harcourt, lamenting the continued silence by the state government over the prevalence of little black particles in the air, referred to as soot.

He also asked the state government to publish and implement recommendations of the report by a committee he set up on the cause of the soot in 2018, headed by former Commissioner of Environment, Prof. Roseline Konya.

The committee submitted its report in 2019, which to date, the outcome is not made public.

He said: “We passionately appeal to the government and all stakeholders to work collectively and bring this impending health hazard that has led to the death of several persons.

“We call on the Rivers State Government to publish and implement the recommendation of the report of the former Commissioner of Environment, Prof. Roseline konya-led committee.”

He also expressed deep regrets on the alleged inability of the Rivers State Waste Management Agency to clear streets and city of wastes and the failure to provide receptacles for proper waste disposal.

Rivers people and residents, he claimed, were being made to suffer environmental hazards based on the friendship between the governor and the sole administrator of the state waste management agency, Felix Obuah, who was the immediate past state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Nwisabari urged the governor to take decisive actions to avert looming health hazards.