The member representing Degema/Bonny Federal Constituency of Rivers State in the House of Representatives, Dr. Farah Dagogo, at the end of the week raised the caution that the individuals of the Niger Delta were passing on gradually from long stretches of natural contamination in the oil-rich zone.
Talking at an occasion to stamp the 2020 World Environmental Day in Abuja, the official lamented that the advancement had rendered the whole area undesirable for its occupants, similarly as he bemoaned that the individuals had gotten so miserable to the degree that “they have been made to acknowledge it as a lifestyle.”
Painting a disgraceful picture, Dagogo said it was not just the individuals’ lives that were in danger yet in addition sea-going creatures and their natural surroundings that had similarly been influenced by the upsetting situation.
His words: “As we join the rest of the world to celebrate the World Environmental Day, it is imperative and paramount that we draw the attention of the world to the suffocating health conditions we are experiencing in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
“As custodians of the largest oil-rich wetland in the world, the Niger Delta region had long been debated, documented and discarded by exploitative oil explorations that endorsed and enforced the incessant pollution of our riparian heritage, while the people of the creeks sit in limbo, idling away in hopelessness, huddled together in socio-economic inequalities as the treasure of our natural habitats is robbed by the greenhouse flares of big oil interests.
“As the world marks the World Environmental Day, we call for the promotion of green-blue economic development footprints to secure the long-awaited carbon-neutral future for children of the depraved Niger Delta region.”
The Rivers legislator spoke through the ‘The Dagogo Initiative’, an organisation at the forefront of rewriting the sorry narrative of the Niger Delta environment and seeking an end to the devastating consequences of environmental degradation.
Dagogo observed that just like the 2019 theme that focused on “Air pollution”, that of this year, which attends ‘biodiversity’, was apt, as it encapsulated what the people of the resource-endowed region were experiencing.