Bori is the headquarters of Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State and traditional headquarters of the Ogoni ethnic nationality Rivers State.
The community is presently the capital of the Rivers South East Senatorial zone comprising Khana, Gokana, Tai, Eleme, Andoni, Opobo/Nkoro and Oyigbo local government area.
The presence of the Kenule Beeson Saro Wiwa polytechnic and other commercial ventures have led to an upsurge in the population of Bori.
The consequence of this is that, the problem of refuse disposal is becoming a source of concern to residents of the city and the adjoining communities. Investigation by The Tide revealed that, the local authorities are yet to come to terms with the problem of refuse disposal in Bori main town and the surrounding communities.
The investigation also reveal that, the Bori axis of the Bori, Wiyakara Kono express road is being cut off by heap of refuse.
The Tide also observed that, one of the refuse dumpsites at the back of the Divisional Headquarters of the Nigerian Police Force is fast becoming an eyesore to visitors coming into the city from Kono and Wiyakara axis.
The problem is being compounded by the activities of scavengers who throng the site daily in search of junk, thereby making the dirt to spill on the road.
Some passersby who spoke to The Tide at the site described it as an eyesore, and stressed the need for the authority to rise up to the challenge of checking indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the area.
An indigene of Ogoni, Mr Mene Gbarabe who reacted on the situation in an interview with The Tide in Bori said that, it poses a serious challenge to the people.
Mr Gbarabe who is a Port Harcourt based media practitioner also regretted that, inspite of the effort by the present administration in the state to ensure a clean environment across the state, some persons have formed the habit of dumping refuse at unauthorized places and stressed the need for the Khana Local Government Council to check the indiscrimate dumping of refuse along the Bori Wiyakara Kono road.
The also urged local councils across the state to replicate the clean environment programme of the Administration at the state level in their localities.
Also speaking, Mr Ezekiel Koba, a Bori resident agreed that the situation portends great danger to the health of the people.
Mr Koba also said that, most of those residing in and around the dumpsite seem to be ignorant of its health implication and stressed the need for the police authorities to mount survellance against those indiscriminately dumping refuse in the area.
He also called on the Khana local government area to set up a taskforce to check indiscrimate dumping of refuse not only in Bori urban but other communities across the area.
A student of the Kenule Beeson Saro Wiwa polytechnic Bori who spoke under condition of anonymity said that the problem is not only peculiar to Bori but across the entire region.
According to him, outside Port Harcourt and Obio/Akpor other councils do not give much attention to sanitation in their vicinities, stressing that most council chairmen have not heeded the recent calls by the Rivers State Governor Chief Ezenwo Nyesom Wike to ensure regular sanitation in their local government areas.
He claimed that, apart from the institution’s campus where students, regularly organize cleanup, no major cleanup exercise has been organised in Bori and its environs.
According to him, the ministry of environment must step up its sensitization campaigns in the rural areas, while the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWNMA) needs to establish its presence in major cities across the state.
Another respondent, Miss Lera Isaac, also called for the establishment of a committee to check the indiscriminate disposal of refuse in Bori. Miss Isaac also called on the Khana Local Government Council to as a matter of urgency designate a dumpsite in the area, stressing that the current practice of dumping of defuse along the Bori-Wiyakara-Kono road should be discouraged as the situation is not giving the city a good image.
“Let them stop dumping refuse here, it is not good.
“Government should look into this matter and stop people from coming to dump refuse here”, she said.
Other respondents also stressed the need for the authority of Khana local government to close down the dumpsite to avoid the spread of epidemic in the area.
It must be noted that as on emerging city, it is important for the Authorities to note that the attendance consequences of any growing city or Town is increased generation of refuse or wastes that is why the Authorities in Khana must ensure that refuse dumpsites in Bori are properly designated to ensure that they did not become health risk to the inhabitants.
We’re Hopeful Of Passage Of Water Resources Bill -Minister
The Minister of Water Resources, Mr Suleiman Adamu, has expressed hope over the passage of the National Water Resources Bill before the National Assembly.
Adamu expressed the optimism while answering questions on the sidelines of a two-day training for Water Resources Correspondents, Editors, and News Analysts in the Nigerian Water Sector’ with theme, ‘Reporting Water in its Perspective’.
The Tide source reports that the training is to build capacity of reporters on water resources sector by having deep knowledge of terminologies and issues in the water sector.
The Tide also recalls that the Bill, which was introduced in the 8th Assembly, caused outrage as some Nigerians interpreted the law as a power grab by the federal Government.
“It is part of our roadmap as far as I am concerned. We will continue to engage with the National Assembly, now that they have come back from recess, we hope to engage.
“At the same time, we are talking to all other antagonists to allay the fears to accommodate whatever apprehension. We are very confident that we’ll get that bill passed,” the minister said.
He further stated that it was wrong for a section of Nigerians to completely criticize and condemn the whole Bill instead of pointing out areas that needs to be reconsidered.
“It doesn’t make sense if you have problem with the Bill; identify the key issue or problem if there is need for amendment instead to completely condemn just because of one or two items you are not satisfied with.
“In the National Assembly, you have public hearing, and we will still go back,” the minister said.
Community Residents Flay Dumping Of Sachets, Bottles In Drainages
Some residents of Eneka Community in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State have condemned the indiscriminate dumping of water sachets and bottles in drainages and along the road in the community.
Speaking in an interview with The Tide in the community, they said the situation is not only an eyesore but responsible for incessant flooding being witnessed in the community.
Mr Chibuike Adim, indigene of Rumuoji Eneka condemned the practice, adding that it is this practice that blocked the gutters and caused flashed flooding in some areas in the community.
Adim called on the state government to save the community from the practice by constituting the tax force to check this habit.
He also said those who engaged in this practice are not only uneducated but also foolish, stressing that such people must be dealt with according to the law.
Also speaking, Miss Patience Odum also condemned the practice but added that there is no designated refuse dump site in the community.
Odum also urged for the provision of refuse receptacle in the area while the Rivers State Waste Management agency (RIWAMA) should also monitor the activities of the people.
Also speaking, Miss Alice Nsikak, a student of Rivers State University said the practice has become a big problem to the community as the entire drainages are blocked.
She stressed the need for sensitisation of the residence against the practice.
Nsikak also called on government to improve the method of refuse collection by providing waste bin to homes on the streets.
According to her, “people could be asked to pay little amount of money every month”, adding that the proposal will check the menace as well as check flash flooding in the community.
Also speaking with The Tide, Mr Ndubuise Ogom confirmed that dumping of plastic materials, refuge and pure water sachets in the drains is a very common practice in Eneka and also felt very bad about this practice.
This practice, added, must be stopped by government by promulgating laws to punish offenders. This if done, will prevent people taking part in such practice. He suggested, a fine of N1000 be slammad on those dumping refuge and plastic containers in the gutter.
By: Oribim Nyanaa Ibama, Elendu Obochi Esther & Inimgba Favour Victor
UNESCO Laments Impending Collapse Of Biodiversity …Says Human Survival At Risk
The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has raised alarm at the unprecedented speed which biodiversity is collapsing globally.
The Director-General of UNESCO Ms Audrey Azoulay, expressed this concern at the UNESCO 33rd session of the the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MAB-ICC) Programme in Abuja.
Biodiversity refers to the variety of life on earth at all its levels, from genes to ecosystems, and can encompass the evolutionary, ecological, and cultural processes that sustain
The director-general said that with the impending collapse, not only was human survival at risk, but also the beauty and the diversity of the world.
She said that the collapse was from the treetops to the ocean depths and from vertebrates to invertebrates, adding that no species was spared.
“This is the spirit driving UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme. It is what makes it so pioneering and so valuable.
“We all have to stand on the earth itself and go with her at her pace. With this impending collapse, not only is human survival at risk, but also the beauty, the diversity of the world.
“But this collapse is not inevitable: there is still time to make peace with the planet,” she said.
According to her, there is the conviction that we can re-forge our relationship with nature, that we can reconcile development and environmental protection.
“We must harness the power of education to rebuild our relationship with nature. UNESCO is fully mobilised to ensure that the environment becomes a key curriculum component by 2025.
“This is in line with the commitment made by the 80th governments we gathered at the Berlin conference last May.
UNESCO, a custodian of knowledge and know-how concerning biodiversity, has been developing concrete solutions to environmental challenges for over 50 years through the MAB programme and its network of protected sites, covering nearly six per cent of the planet.
With 714 biosphere reserves in 129 countries, including transboundary sites, UNESCO seeks to reconcile humans and nature and demonstrate that it is possible to use biodiversity sustainably while fostering its conservation.
The Minister of State for Environment, Chief Sharon Ikeazor, said that the world was facing planetary crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.
According to her, this global loss of biodiversity is threatening the security of the world’s food supplies and the livelihoods of millions of people including indigenous people and local communities, especially in the African region.
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