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Rivers State challenged on environment protection

06 June 2014, 21:49

Rivers - Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Governor Rotimi Amaechi to give priority to issues of environmental protection.

It regretted that under his administration has continued to pay less attention to the environment in the state.

The PDP noted that over the years, there had been avoidable cases of flooding in parts of the state, particularly on major roads and residential areas in the capital city, Port Harcourt, which have caused untold hardship and great loss to victims.

“This failed environmental management by the State Government is undoubtedly responsible for the prevalence of certain diseases and infections suffered by the people of the state,” PDP stated

“The deplorable state of most of the roads in most communities and residential areas in Port Harcourt and other parts of the State also exposes the government’s failure and lack of genuine commitment to addressing environmental issues and road infrastructure in the State.”

It said the government could not claim to be environment sensitive when most urban roads are in bad shape and there were shacks and shanties all around the state capital.

The party also expresseed concern over the unchecked activities of industrial pollutants, the indiscriminate disposal of domestic waste and the poor sanitation and waste collection system by the Rivers State Government.

Apart from rendering inhabitants of those water-fronts homeless, the party alleged that Amaechi led government has further provided a safe haven for criminals, as those sites now become hideouts and initiation grounds for local cult groups and militants, whose freedom is guaranteed by such recklessness and activities of the government.

The PDP alleged since his defection to the All Progressives Congress, Amaechi abandoned duties and responsibilities of government, which include protection of lives and property, provision of basic services and amenities and other elements of good governance to the people.

“The party therefore, calls on the governor to desist from wasting public funds on frivolities and personal political ambition and redirect the huge available financial resources of the State into tackling real development infrastructure and protection of the environment to ameliorate the plights of the citizenry.”

– CAJ News

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