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WED: Society Urges For End To Gas Flaring

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The Rivers State chapter of the Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), yesterday joined the rest of the world to mark the 2022 world Environment Day with a call on both the state and federal governments. to evolve policies that will end gas flaring in the country by 2030.
The world environment day is an annual event by the United Nations to create awareness against acts that might likely destroy the environment.
The world environment day was first celebrated in 1974 and incidentally the theme for that celebration was the same for this year which is only one Earth.
The host country for this year’s celebration was Sweden.
Speaking during a road show in Port Harcourt,  president, Nigerian Environmental Society Rivers State, Sir Daminabo Amos Atuboyedia said gas flaring should end by 2030 in the country.
Atuboyedia, also called on the government to fast track the cleanup of ogoniland.
He said government should create enabling environment for people to learn the act of   waste recycling, stressing that there are companies in Rivers state that deal on the recycling of waste.
Atuboyedia said the road show was to sensitise the public to desist from acts that will pollute the environment.
He listed some of these acts to include the indiscriminate dumping of refuse as well as dumping of refuse into drainages.
Also speaking, the chairperson, organizing committed Engr.Idaeresoari H.Ateke, said the society intends to take the sensitisation to some schools in the state with a view to educating children on the need to live in harmony with the environment.
She listed some of the schools to be visited to include, Government Girls Secondary School, Rumuokwuta and Community Secondary school ,Abuloma.
Idaeresoari also urged the public to avoid some unfriendly environmental activities such as bush burning, defforestation and illegal oil bunkering..
According to her,”we need to keep the environment for future generation.we must live in harmony with each other and should desist from dumping into gutters’’she said.
She said the society was embarking on the road show to sensitise the people against actions that were dangerous to the environment.
Also speaking a member of the planning committee, Dr Vivian Ozoekwe, said human activities have caused the fast depletion of the ozone layer,thereby causing climate change.

She said  If people refuse to change their habit the Earth will one day cease to exist.

She called for a halt to kpofire activities aswellas bush burning.

Ozoekwe also cautioned against the indiscriminate dumping of refuse as well as dumping of refuse into gutters as it can lead to flooding.

 

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SanitationTaskforce Inaugurates Enforcement Agents

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The Rivers State Taskforce on Sanitation has charged its enforcement agents to be civil in their approach to duty.
Chairman of the Taskforce, Chief Isoboye Jack gave the charge,at a one day capacity building workshop organised by the taskforce for the enforcement agents in port Harcourt.
Jack urged them to use minimal force in their dealing with the public, adding that anyone caught violating the sanitation laws should be arrested and handed over to the police.
He warned against activities that will tarnish the image of the committee, stressing that the taskforce will not tolerate any act that will bring it into disrepute.
Jack said their responsibility is to enforce all sanitation laws against dumping of refuse at unspecified hours as well as dumping on road medians.
He also said his committee has already mapped out strategies towards sensitising the public on the hazards associated with indiscriminate dumping of refuse.
Speaking with newsmen later,the chairman said   plans are underway  to revive the monthly environmental sanitation exercise,as well as bring back the mobile sanitation court.
Also speaking, a member of the taskforce, Hon.Joshua Olu warned them to avoid alcohol while on duty,noting that they are expected to work with the police to get those who violate the law arrested.
He said enforcement agents will be sent to all nooks and crannies of Port Harcourt city and environs to monitor compliance to refuse laws
Meanwhile, the state police command has pledged to cooperate with the committee to ensure its success.
A Chief Superintendent of Police Kerian Ibe from the Operation Department of the State police command said the police will work with the team to ensure compliance with the law.
He also warned them against taking the laws into their hands.
Secretary of the enforcement agents princess  ibiene ogan said they will work hard to return port Harcourt to it garden city status.

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Community Claims Ownership Of Andoni River Estuary

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The Muma Town Local Council of Chiefs, Traditional Rulers and Elders says its ownership of the Andoni River Estuary is not in dispute.
The community said this in a press briefing in Port Harcourt.
The briefing is against the background  of claims by some communities in Andoni Local Government Area disputing the ownership of the Andoni River Estuary.
Briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, a member of the Chief Council Chief Joshua Loveday said Muma’s ownership of the Andoni river estuary can never be in dispute since muma is the first community to settle in that estuary.
He said other fishing settlements that sprang up around the estuary were allegedly given lands by muma.
“The issue we have now is that there are alot of information spreading round Andoni over who owns Andoni River estuary .
“We know right from time ,even published by the British government in 1931 by Jeffreys intelligence Report on Andoni tribe .’adding that the report stated that Muma was the first community in that axis of Andoni.
He also said the NGO clan council of Chiefs had also settled the matter in favour of muma adding that since then the council has been inviting the muma council of chiefs to a meeting.
According to him the Andoni Traditional Rulers council ought to liase with the Muma council of chiefs on any issues concerning the Andoni River Estuary.
Chief Elect Joshua also called on companies operating in the Area to deal with mumaOn any matter concerning the area.
Joshua also cited the Rivers state law which stated that any community closer to a place is the host community.

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Councillor Decries Flooding In Rivers Community

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Councillor representing Ward 1 in the Andoni Local Government Legislative Assembly, Hon.Timothy John Bibo, has called for action to save the community from incessant flooding.
This was  contained in a post by the media unit of the office of the councillor.
According to the post the lawmaker who spoke under  motion for urgent importance said something needs to be done to save the community from being submerged by flood.
He said the situation has heighten agitation in the area especially now that the rains has fully set in.
Bibo blamed the situation on the continuous encroachment on water right of ways  by property developers and the indiscriminate dumping of refuse in canals and drainages thereby blocking the free flow of water into the river.
He also called on the executive arm of the council to put in place policies to check the trend.
Meanwhile some indigenes of Otunria community have sent  a save our soul message to the Andoni Local Government Council and the state government over the continous flooding of the community.
Mr Idante John, an indigene of Otunria Ngo Town said flooding has affected both commercial activities,while the Ngo health centre sited at Otunria is experiencing low activities as a result of the flooding.
Idante called on the government to come to the aid of the community by constructing drainages and roads in the area.
Other residents who spoke on the issue said some of their property have been destroyed by flood in the community.
They said their sources of livelihood have also been affected and called for urgent attention by the government to check the situation.
It would be recalled that Otunria is one of the major communities in Ngo town headquarters of Andoni Local sent Area.
Otunria houses the Ngo health centre,the model secondary school and other government amenities.
Some residents also access the General Hospital and Magistrate Court Ngo through Otunria
It was against this background that the people are calling on the government to come to their aid.

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