Rivers Assembly seeks solution to black carbon emission
The member representing ONELGA 1, Christian Ahiakwo, moved the motion to investigate the black substance during a plenary session on Thursday.The lawmaker, while presenting the motion, said the soot portends great danger to the lives of Rivers people and even generations unborn if not addressed.
Commissioner for Environment, Roseline Konya, had said the strange emission was traced to Ishaka area in Okrika Council as a result of incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons to the atmosphere.
But some community sources said the substance was traced to a multinational oil company that brought in heavy chemicals to test, adding that when the test was going on, the black carbons were noticed heavily at homes and have reduced since January when the company left the state.
Ahiakwo said: “Society is being over-heated daily due to the issues of increasing level of environmental degradation as a result of man-made activities.
“Worse still, some of these companies that are responsible for this ugly situation are economic migrants from civilised nations of the world, operating on double-standards basis.”
Majority Leader, Martin Amaewhule, in his contribution, regretted that oil companies have continued to violate environmental laws in the country even when such practices are not obtained in other countries of the world and are always quick to blame it on Niger Delta militancy.
Minority Leader, Benibo Anabraba, blamed the Ministry of Justice for not doing anything to prosecute defaulting oil multinationals.The Speaker, Ikuinyi Owaji-Ibani, lamented that oil has become a curse to the Niger Delta, especially Rivers State.
The House, therefore, resolved that Committee on Environment should liaise with the state Ministry of Environment to investigate the level of compliance with relevant laws by companies operating in the state.