——Urged Fed/State government to investigate root cause
By Owho Warri
The Delta State House of Assembly has passed a resolution in a plenary presided over by the honourable speaker, Rt, Hon, Sheriff Oborevwori, calling on the state government to urge the federal government headed by president Buhari, as a matter of urgency to direct the federal ministry of environment and it’s parastatal, NESREA to constitute a tripartite joint investigation to ascertain the root cause of the rising cases of dying fishes along the shore lines of river Forcados and Escravos respectively in Warri axis.
This intervention resolution was passed based on the motion brought before the house by a member representing Warri south west, Hon. Emomotimi Guwor to formally bring the notice to the house the urgent need to avoid another epidemic in the state as river Forcados and Escravos respectively and their tributaries are under siege of a yet unidentified disease that is presently killing fishes along the shore lines of the rivers.
The motion which came under matters of urgent public importance, drew the attention of the authorities to the impending outbreak of another deadly epidemic, stressing that, if necessary steps are not taken on time.
The motion implored the President through the governor to direct the federal agencies concerned to protect the biodiversity, conservation and sustainable development of the natural resources and the Eco system of the affected communities from totally extinction.
The motion further appealed to the state government to send relief materials to the affected communities in the meantime as result of the impact of the environmental Crisis, while calling on the governor to direct the commissioners in charge of the state ministries of environment and Oil and gas to carry out public enlightenment, sensitization campaigns on the health hazards and harmful implications of the consumptions of the dead fishes in order to avoid an outbreak of epidemic in the state.
Hon. Guwor is the chairman, House committee on DESOPADEC, had noted that, fishing as the main occupation of the river-rine dwellers, he stressed the need for a joint efforts to ensure that citizens of the affected communities live in a cleaner and healthier environment devoid of pollution, while observing that all accusing fingers regarding the cause of the unknown disease responsible for the death of fishes are pointed at one direction, (the oil companies operating in the localities, noting that the negative effects has already started manifesting on the people of the area, stressing that, if not nipped on time, it could be worse than COVID 19 pandemic.
Hon Guwor named areas worst hit by the ugly development to include Ekemetagbene in Bomadi local government area, Akparemogbene, Oyangbene and all communities in Ogulagha and Iduwini kingdom in Burutu local government area as well as the entire Gbaramatu kingdom, all Ugborodo and Orere communities in Warri South West and Ogheye and other communities in Warri North local government area.
In their contributions, the Majority Leader of the House, Honourable Tim Owhefere, Deputy Majority Leader, Oboro Preyor, Chief Whip, Pat Ajudua as well as Honorables Austin Uroye and Charles Emetulu, pointed out that any damage to the ecosystem was worrisome.
The Lawmakers stated that the entire society has been exposed to danger, stressing that both federal, states and local government authorities must collaborate to seek solution to the problem.
They emphasized that a tripartite Committee should be set up as a matter of urgency to find out the cause of the dying fishes in the rivers, stressing that the fishes can not be dying from artificial causes.
The motion was unanimously adopted when put to voice vote by the Speaker, Rt Hon Sheriff Oborevwori who presided over the plenary.
The Speaker commended the robust debate on the merits of the motion and expressed optimism for quick action towards addressing the abnormality threatening the ecology and ecosystem in the riverine communities.