The Rivers state government has traced the black soot polluting the atmosphere of Port Harcourt and its environs to a Chinese construction company, named CGC.
According to a statement Commissioner of Information, Dr Austin Tam-George, the company has been shutdown by the Rivers State Task Force on the Black Soot.
A statement by Tam-George on Saturday, February 11 read: "This is to inform the public that a Chinese construction company, named CGC, located on the Obirikwere-Airport Link Road has been shut down on Friday, the 10th of February, 2017, by the Rivers State Task Force on the Black Soot.
"The Asphalt plant was found to be producing thick black smog out of the furnace in the process of burning Asphalt, heavily polluting the air.
"The Asphalt plant was immediately shut down by the task force. All the directors of the company will be prosecuted according to the law.
"The public is therefore advised to cooperate with the Task Force, by providing useful information on the Black Soot.
"Please call or send Whatsapp messages to the following hot lines: 08065768366, 08036621435, 08037503473."
Recall that the Rivers state government had set up a Task Force to tackle the black soot polluting the atmosphere of Port Harcourt and its environs.
The Task Force was mandated to investigate and resolve the environmental challenge.
This was part of the resolutions of the State Executive Council meeting of Wednesday, February 8 at the government House, Port Harcourt Executive Council Chambers chaired by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike.
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The Task Force to investigate the Black Soot has the Commissioner of Environment, Professor Roseline Konya, Commissioner of Special Duties, Emeka Onowu and the Commissioner of Information, Dr Austin Tam-George as members.
The committee which will be backed by technical experts will liaise with major stakeholders to resolve the environmental challenges posed by the black soot.
For over two months, Port Harcourt has been engulfed with black soot polluting the air and putting the residents’ health in danger.
Black soot includes black particles composed by carbon produced by incomplete combustion of coals. Soot can consist of acid, chemicals, or soil and dust and the particles are extremely tiny powder form.