Lawmaker laments adverse environmental degradation in Niger Delta

Lawmaker laments adverse environmental degradation in Niger Delta

- A lawmaker from the Niger Delta region has condemned the continued oil exploration in the region

- The lawmaker said the people of the region, their freshwater habitats and animals are dying regularly

- According to the lawmaker, the World Environmental Day 2020 calls for an end to the devastation

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The lawmaker representing Degema/Bonny Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Farah Dagogo, on Friday, June 5, lamented the adverse environmental degradation in the Niger Delta.

Dagogo concerns followed the commemoration of the World Environment Day, which takes place June 5 of every year.

With the year's celebration themed, "Celebrate Biodiversity" and hosted by Columbia, Dagogo said adverse environmental pollution and exploration have rendered the Niger Delta region unhealthy for its inhabitants.

Dagogo who is also the founder of the Dagogo Initiative, an organization focused on changing the sorry narratives of the Niger Delta region with the aim of seeking an end to the devastation, said that the constant hazard emitted from the Niger Delta environment have become unbearable with no known solution in sight.

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He said that residents in the Niger Delta have also accepted the environmental degradation as a way of life despite the challenges and health hazards associated with it.

Dagogo said just like the World Environment Day 2019 theme that focused on 'air pollution', the year 2020 is attentive to ' biodiversity' and encapsulates what the Niger Deltans are experiencing.

He said it is not only the people's lives that are at risk but other habitats including those of freshwater and those of marine are also affected.

"As we join the rest of the world to celebrate World Environmental Day, it is imperative and paramount that we draw the attention of the world to the suffocating health conditions we are experiencing in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria," Dagogo said.

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The lawmaker said residents in the Niger Delta have also accepted the environmental degradation as a way of life. Photo credit: Chris Ekechukwu
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According to Dagogo, as custodians of the largest oil rich wetland in the world, the Niger Delta region had long been debated, documented and discarded by exploitative oil explorations.

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He said this has led to socioeconomic inequalities in the treasure of natural habitats which is robbed by the Greenhouse flares of big oil interest.

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"As the world marks World Environmental Day, we call for the promotion of Green-blue economic development footprints to secure the long-awaited carbon neutral future for children of the depraved Niger Delta Region," he said.

Meanwhile, previously reported that a Nigerian scientist in Bangor Gwynedd, UK, Salamatu Jidda-Fadda, celebrated 2020 World Environment Day.

Jidda-Fadda contributed greatly towards creating a good environment and societies with her organisation called JAVS Environmental Care Ltd.

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