Abuja - Prof. Roseline Konya, the Rivers
Commissioner for Environment, says oil companies in the Niger Delta Region are
not taking care of the environment in which they operated.
Konya told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in
Abuja that the oil companies had to do exactly what they did in other developed
“The environment in the Niger Delta has been neglected for
several decades by oil firms and the much talked about diversification into
agriculture will remain a mirage unless the environment is cleaned and
“This is what we are telling them but they do not listen but
we are praying that they will listen from now onwards, knowing that some places
are already degraded.
“And this is why Rivers has been at the forefront of
addressing stakeholders on the need to save our environment and urging them not
to cause any problem in the environment because we have had enough.’’
She said that although the oil companies were not living up
to expectations, some citizens still caused problems in the environment by
sabotaging and vandalising the oil pipelines.
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“We are doing our best to tell them that is not the best.
“We recognise that the environment of the Rivers people and
Niger Delta as a whole is suffering, so we are intensifying the environmental
campaign, especially with the Ogoni Cleanup campaign.
“The pollution level has gone so high that the environment
can no longer support fishing and farming. It has eroded the livelihoods of our
people who depend on the environment for sustenance.
“We are full of expectations that the cleanup will cause us
to start breathing fresh air without pollution in Rivers,’’ the commissioner
She said that, in addition to the Ogoni Cleanup campaign,
the Rivers Government was working with other environmental campaigns like
“Waste to Wealth Management’’ which would soon be commissioned.
Konya urged stakeholders to work together and take
deliberate steps to restore the Niger Delta environment to its natural state.
NAN reports that the Federal Government had on June 2, 2016
launched the Ogoni cleanup campaign in the area.
Also, Konya is the only Commissioner for Environment that
received a Fellowship Award at the just concluded 26th Annual General Meeting
and National Conference of the Nigerian Environmental Society (NES).