The Forum of Delta State NGOs has commended the state government for the proactive measures put in place at containing the global Coronavirus pandemic.
The Forum gave the commendation in a statement signed by the coordinator, Mr Okezi Odugala and secretary, Chief Gregg Osamenjor and made available to newsmen in Asaba, yesterday.
The Forum called on Deltans to live clean and healthy.
It tasked Deltans and non-Deltans to take the issues of personal hygiene and public health and sanitation more seriously by keeping themselves and the environment clean and healthy.
The statement also advised residents to avoid crowded environment at this trying times and called for regular hand washing with soap and the use of disinfectants.
The Forum called for prayers against the global pandemic that was already negating sustainable developments.
“We believe that a divinely-propelled vaccine against COVID-19 will be out soon from the global scientific community,” it said.
It enjoined Deltans to partner the state government, Federal Government and the global community in surmounting this health scourge and urged governments at all levels to provide palliatives for the citizens.
“We also want the government to open up as a matter of urgency, government-controlled emergency foodstuff bank.
“Flooded with essential food items like garri, rice, beans, yam, palm oil, groundnut oil in all the local government areas of the state to checkmate the increasing cost of basic food items by desperate foodstuff sellers.
“Provision should also be made to pay workers in advance; release some financial palliatives to Deltans; and welfare packages for vulnerable persons toward ameliorating the physical and psychological pains from the lockdown,’’ the statement added.
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NOSDRA Yet To Discover Cause Of Dead Fishes On N’Delta Coastline
The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), says it is yet to establish any link between oil leaks and death fishes that float and litter the Atlantic coastline across the Niger Delta region.
The agency said it was coordinating a multi-agency investigation, aimed at unraveling the cause of the reported massive death of fishes within the nation’s territorial waters and was looking beyond the oil industry.
Director-General of NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa, told newsmen in a telephone chat on Wednesday in Yenagoa, that investigation was already ongoing in spite the COVID-19 lockdown.
According to Musa, officials of NOSDRA deployed from Warri, Yenagoa and Port Harcourt have conducted site visits to the Atlantic coastline in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers to collect water and fish samples for tests.
”NOSDRA carried out a reconnaissance of the area in Delta where we first got the report through a member of a non- governmental organisation.
“There is no incident of oil spill within the area of reported dead fishes, notwithstanding that a few dead fishes were seen along the shoreline.
“The event of recent days where the death of fishes in large numbers make it expedient to look beyond oil spillage as the likely cause of death of fishes in such large numbers,” he said.
Musa said that the agency collected samples of water, sediments and some of the dead fishes for laboratory testing, and in doing so, brought on board other relevant government agencies that have mandate on the territorial waters, in particularly the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) and the Federal Institute of Fisheries Research.
“Also, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for all hands on deck assessment of the possible cause or causes of death of the fishes in such large numbers,” Musa said.
The NOSDRA chief executive said that the results of ongoing laboratory analysis would be compared with results from the participating agencies to profer an effective solution and ensures a more stringent regulation in future.
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