As the residents of the state continue to suffer and battle with the chronic health challenges posed by inhaling this dangerous black powder which has become the largest component of the air within the state, the Federal Government whose statutory responsibility it is to curb this menace has remained seemingly unshaken, taciturn and indifferent about the plight of the residents of the state in this regard.
Gov. Wike demands redeployment of DPO, NSCDC officer implicated in illegal refinery activities.
“Governor Wike’s pragmatic offensive against illegal refineries had been driven by his deep worry and concern over the environmental pollution caused by dangerous black soot, which had practically covered the stratosphere of major parts of Rivers State and had become even more life threatening with the arrival of the Omicron Delta Covid-19 variant, to compound the already menacing and precarious respiratory health challenges synonymous with the Coronavirus.”
Gov. Wike has declared 19 persons wanted for operating illegal crude oil refining sites responsible for the black soot pandemic in Rivers State.
According to Gov. Nyesom Wike, black soot now portend a major threat to the health of Nigerians and foreigners living in Rivers State.