Rivers State Governor, Rt. Hon. Chibike Amechi has called for a strong political will from the federal government in order to stop gas flaring and avoid environmental degradation.
Governor Amechi who made this call while delivering a key note address during the 2nd edition of the state climate change dialogue in Asaba noted that Nigeria was the leading gas flaring country in the world.
He explained that gas flaring has both economic and environmental effect on Nigerians as such decisive measures should be taken to stop it as quickly as possible so as to protect our environment and the health of the people.
“You have to have a character that people can identify you with. The day I decided to stop Okada in River State, I gave six months ultimatum and by the end of the 6th month which was on the 1st of January, I drove around the town with my children, no one not even the private Okada where seen on the road. Federal government should have a strong political will to stop gas flaring”.
Speaking further, he stated that pure water would soon be banned in River state as its package was dangerous to health and causes environmental pollution.
He advocated for constitutional amendment to enable states have the right to monitor their environment and ensure its safety as they have a good knowledge of the terrain and the impact it has on them.
“The man in Sokoto will only know about the effect of desertification, he will not know what the man who gets oil suffers. So let us allow for constitutional amendment. It will allow environmental issues be left in the hands of those who suffer the effect to be part of those who will monitor how to tackle it”.
Governor Amechi noted that the issue of climate change can be resolved when people change the way and manner they treat the environment and government also change the way and manner they treat the people by meeting up with their responsibilities.
In a goodwill message, Dr. Samuel Adejumor who represented the Hon. Minister of Environment stated that the impact of climate change should be identified and measures be put on ground on how people can adapt to it.
He observed that climate change is a threat to the nation as such the Ministry of Environment have map out various strategies on how to reduce environmental degradation saying “Climate change is a threat to the nation, it was an adverse effect on the environment, that is why it is important to map out strategies on how to reduce environmental pollution”.
Dr. Adejumor advocated for constant research to be carried out in order to know the strategies to apply in curbing the challenges of climate change.
Source: Emmanuel Uduaghan
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