Nigeria: ‘There’s Massive Looming Hunger in Niger Delta’ – Environmentalist Raises Alarm


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By Nosa Eresoyen, Asaba

The National Coordinator, Center for Peace and Environmental Justice,( CEPE) in Bomadi, Delta State, Comrade Sherriff Malude on Wednesday raised the alarm over the Looming hunger in the oil-impacted Communities within Niger Delta.

Malude who spoke to newsmen in the area, said several Communities within the Niger Delta region, especially in the creeks in the state, will face serious hunger, lamenting that the population in the environment had gotten worse, and Called on president Muhammadu Buhari to commence Environmental remediation without further delay.

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He noted that security approach to combat crude oil thieves, illegal oil bunkering and illegal refinery which often culminated in burning of local boats loaded with the product had been ineffective and obsolete, adding the situation had led to the littering of the waterways with crude rather than preventing the illicit oil activities, ultimately causing greater damage to the environment.
Malude however called on federal government and the multinational oil companies to Synergize to remediation the environment and adopt environmental best practices of safe oil activities adding”the federal government must act to stop any form of introduction of petrochemicals substances into the Niger Delta Waters, saying” A better intellectual approach, Orientation and integration is needed, fish and other seafood are being transported from the North and Middle Belt to Ijaw riverine Communities of Burutu, Bomadi and Warri local government area of Delta State including some Communities in Bayelsa state”

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Malude disclosed that hunger was Looming as the people who are known for having a source of livelihood from fishing and have lost their occupation due to environmental degradation resulting from oil exploration and overexposure of aquatic life to poisonous petrochemicals substances introduced into the waterways, adding that the approach used by the federal government to fight against pipeline Vandalism and local/ illegal refining of petroleum products was counte-rproductive, and called on federal government to plan massive environmental remediation and adopt bio-remediation to clean up oil spill.


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