Expert Blames Flooding In N’Delta On Climate Change

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General Manager, Rivers State Newspaper Corporation (RSNC), Mr. Vincent Ake (5th right), with members of the Commitee on the Control of Noise Pollution, Rivers State Ministry of Environment, during a courtesy visit to the General Manager in Port Harcourt, last Wednesday. With them are Acting Editor, The Tide Newspaper, Mr Amieyeofori Ibim (2nd right), Chairman, Editorial Board, Mr Goodluck Ukwe (3rd right), Director of Finance, Mr Job Barnabas (4th left), Director, General Services, Mr Chris Orji (right) and Acting Director, Business Development, Mr Baride Nnordam. Photo: Egberi A. Sampson.

An Emeritus Professor of Geodesy, Alabo Dagogo Fubara has attributed the perennial flooding being experienced in communities across the Niger Delta and other environmental hazards to climate change.
Fubara who said this at a recent event in Port Harcourt, noted that the fragility of the region had made it to be highly susceptible to adverse environmental features caused by climate change.
He particularly said that the threats of climate change were already being felt across the Niger Delta with several incidents of flooding in Communities in the region, prolonged changes in rainful pattern and marked changes in vegetation and biodiversity loss.
“The Niger Delta is undergoing rapid subsidence, being a sedimentary basin where oil and gas are being intensely extracted.
“This subsidence in combination with predicted sea level rise, as a result of global warming would result in about 40km wide stripe of the Niger Delta to be submerged in the next 30 years” he said.
The renowned educationist who is the Dappaye Amakiri Xvii of Opobo kingdom also decried the slow pace implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report on the cleanup of Ogoni land.
He said that the situation was not only impacting negatively the Ogoni environment but the entire Niger Delta region, stressing that the federal government ought to have used the Ogoni cleanup to demonstrate its capacity to improve the Niger Delta environment.
The erudite scholar also decried the continuous underfunding of the Niger Delta Basin Development Authority (NDBDA) which was created by the Willink’s Commission of Inquiry on Minority Rights.
“As a result, the Willink’s Commission of Inquiry on Minority Rights, the Niger Delta Basin Development Authority (NDBDA) came into being.
“Following this, the nation has since created ten (10) more River Basin Development Authorities in Nigeria, eight of which are much better funded than the NDBDA, due to lack of understanding of and concern for the needs of the Niger Delta.
“Furthermore, due to lack of political will and sense of fairness, equity and justice Nigeria has refused to address the kernel of the conclusions, and recommendations of the Willink’s Commission of Inquiry report.
“Even the British Government’s proposal that the Niger Delta be declared a special federal territory for focused development was rejected by subsequent Nigerian Governments.”