The Federal Government to enforce laws on environmental pollution and prosecute environmental polluters in the country.
Mr Kingsley Adindu, a member of Green Resilience, a climate and environment advocacy group gave this advice in an interview with the Newsmen after the group’s meeting with the Rivers Ministry of Environment in Portharcourt.
The residents of Portharcourt had since November 2016 woke up to see their city covered by a thick fog of black powdery dust known as soot.
Soot is believed to be related to the destruction of illegal refineries.
“The Ministry of Environment and its agencies should make sure that environmental regulations are taking seriously.
”Also, environmental enforcement should be carried out to check illegal refineries which are one of the causes of the environmental pollution in the state.
“Soot has been in the state for over four years now and it started with some industrial activities.
“We are hopeful that with the Ministry’s supports of our partnership with the National Oil Spill Detection & Response Agency (NOSDRA), that they are going to come up with a climate bill that punishes those responsible for the pollution,” he said.
Mr Peter Uzoma, a member of the group, said that the minister was told some basic climatic change issues facing the state.
He said that the Minister was shown some solutions on how to tackle the soot that had affected the state.
Uzoma said that the group would partner with the NOSDRA to tackle environmental pollution in the state.
Dr Sampson Oladipo, Operational Head, NOSDRA, said that laboratory operations in the agency were impotent because the indices of the pollution were not physical.
Oladipo said that the agency had taken some samples of the soot from every part of Portharcourt to the laboratory to find out effects on the environment.