Rivers State tackles black soot and air pollution problem in Port Harcourt and its environs

Residents in Port Harcourt, River State complain about fumes of black soot that recently engulfed the city

Rivers State tackles black soot and air pollution problem in Port Harcourt and its environs

The Rivers State Government has set up a Task Force to tackle the black soot polluting the atmosphere of Port Harcourt and its environs.

 

The Task Force is mandated to investigate and resolve the environmental challenge.

 

This was part of the resolutions of the State Executive Council meeting of Wednesday 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, Mr 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.

 

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Briefing the media after the Executive Council meeting, Commissioner of Information, Dr Austin Tam-George stated that the resolution was reached after the Commissioner of Environment, Professor Roseline Konya on the preliminary results of its Ministerial Investigation.

 

Also on Wednesday, the Rivers State Executive Council approved the purchase of hi-tech equipment for the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital at the cost of $10.5million.

 

The Rivers State Executive Council also resolved to ensure that all the General Hospitals being rehabilitated are duly equipped to create access to quality healthcare for the people.

 

 

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This article was originally published by Politics Nigeria in February, 2017.

 


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Kunlere Idowu

Kunlere is an environment and sustainable development strategist with years of active experience in environmental compliance monitoring and enforcement. You may follow him on Twitter via @kunlere_idowu

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