An Environmental right activist, Miss Blessing Digbani, has tasked the leadership of Bille Kingdom in the Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State to come up with Modalities towards the establishment of a Bille Environment Day.
Digbani, who said this in a lecture entitled: “Environmental Sustainability Agenda for Bille Kingdom 2040” at the just concluded Bille Kingdom Development Summit 2040 in Port Harcourt, said that the Bille Environment Day should be an annual event that will take into consideration the diverse environmental fac
tors affecting the kingdom.
She said that the proposed Bille Environmental Day will also be used to create awareness as well as raise the conscious of the people on the need to avoid things that will destroy their environment.
Digbani also stressed the need for the introduction of programmes such as “Green Champion”
“Green Ambassador, Dr Environmental man of the year” to encourage individual and group participation in environmental sustainability of Bille Kingdom.
“Overall aim is to see an environmental motivated people whose beliefs, shared values/culture are rooted to meet the environmental sustainability goals of Bille kingdom”.
She also said that the kingdom can establish a trust fund to raise money for the management of Bille’s natural environment.
Other proposals include: the identification of all businesses both large and small which activities places stress on the environment and the packaging producer responsibility system where all business owners producers will take responsibility for reducing the amount of unnecessary and difficult to recycle packaging and increase the amount of recyclable packaging through reforms to packaging producers responsibility.
The environmentalist also urged for the formulation and implmetnation in accordance with the Nigerian Environmental Laws, policies/regulations that will protect the environment and promote green Bille Kingdom.
According to her, the laws should take into account, pollution control, endangered species, hazard waste, land use regulation of green parks, ecological conservation among others.
Meanwhile, a former permanent secretary in the state Sir (Dr) Somiari Isaac Harry says illegal oil bunkering has reduced in Bille kingdom.
Sir (Dr) Harry, who was chairman planning committee of the Bille Kingdom Development Summit 2019 however attributed the situation to the effort of the Federal Government which has deployed security Agencies to check illegal oil bunkering in the area and across the Niger Delta.
NOSDRA Records 229 Pipeline Vandalisation Cases In N’Delta
The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), says it recorded over 229 cases of pipeline vandalisation between 2018 and 2019 in the South-South zone.
South-South Zonal Coordinator of the agency, Mr Cyrus Nkangwung who said this in a telephone interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt said the level of pipeline vandalisation has continued to increase in the region.
Nkangwung said the situation has also worsened the already polluted environment of the Niger Delta region.
“Between 2018 and 2019, we recorded about 229 cases of pipeline sabotage and it has continued to increase,” he said.
He said NOSDRA will sustain its sensitisation programme on the dangers of pipeline vandalisaiton.
“We need to enlighten communities in the region on the dangers of pipeline sabotage. The activities of vandals are destroying the environment” he said.
Meanwhile, an environmentalist, Prince William Chinwo says time has come for youths of the Niger Delta to be cautioned against involvement in activities that will destroy the environment.
Speaking in an interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt said the activities of pipeline vandals were causing untold hardship to the people of the Niger Delta.
According to him, the Niger Delta environment has been destroyed, while in some cases fires from vandalised pipelines have led to series of deaths in the region.
Chinwo also agreed with the NOSDRA Director that there is need for communities in the region to be properly sensitised with a view to calling their youths to order.
He also stressed the need for governments at all levels in the country to initiate programmes that will lead to massive employment opportunities for youths in the region.
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Traders Laud RSG Over Weekly Sanitation Exercise
The Rivers State Government has been commended for instituting the Thursday weekly environmental sanitation exercise in markets across the state.
A cross section of traders who spoke with our correspondent during the exercise in Port Harcourt said the situation has improved the aesthetic condition of markets in the state.
They stressed the need for the government to impose sanction on any trader who refused to clean his shop during the exercise.
Speaking, Mrs Patience Ochuze said the weekly cleanup exercise has instilled the culture of cleanliness among traders. She stressed the need for the exercise to be extended to the rural areas.
Also speaking, Mr John Amadi said it is important to cleanup markets, in order to attract customers.
“The market is where we do business, so it is important that we keep it clean he said.
Amadi also stressed the need for market leaderships across the state to impose fines on any trader who absent himself during the period of the exercise.
On her part, Mrs Chinyere Chukwudi said the exercise was the best thing that Rivers State Government has done to traders.
EU/NDSP Water Projects: Community Laments Lack Of Distribution Facilities
The Public Relations Officer of the Nkoro Council of Chiefs in Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers State, Alabo Rogers Ibibo Oroni III, says many households in the community are not feeling the impact of the European Union (EU) Water Projects in the community.
Alabo Oroni who said this in a telephone interview with The Tide in Port Harcourt, however blamed the situation on inadequate water distribution facilities in the area.
He said this government was not to be blamed for the situation as members of the community were required to contribute some monies for the extension of the water facilities round the community and its environs.
The Council of Chiefs PRO said despite the situation, the community is grateful to the European Union (EU) for considering Nkoro community worthy for the siting of water projects.
Meanwhile, Alabo Rogers Ibibo Oroni has commended the State Employment and Expenditure for Results (SEEFOR) project, for the siting of a micro water project and civic centre in the community.
According to him, by the siting of the projects, the community is now recognised not only by the Rivers State Government but also by the European Union and the World Bank.
He said the community will ensure that both the civic centre and the water projects are properly maintained.
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