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Gov Dickson Dubs Oil Companies In Niger Delta Environmental Terrorists

The governor of Bayelsa, Seriake Dickson has lamented the activities of oil companies in the state, and the entire Niger Delta region.

He described oil companies in the area as environmental terrorists, who were busy killing the people of the oil region in “instalments and in advance.”

The governor, who stated this at the weekend during the presentation of the interim report by the Bayelsa State Oil and Environmental Commission (BSOEC), in Yenagoa, said that one would be shocked to see the difference that exists in the blood sample from a person from the Niger Delta region and a person outside the region.

The governor had in March 2019 inaugurated the commission.

Receiving the commission’s report he said, “The world will continue to know what the state has been suffering from the hands of the multinationals. A silent health crisis is happening in our state, which is why I have always referred to the activities of the oil companies to environmental terrorism.

“The terrorist is not only the one who walks up to you with a gun or another one who blows himself up for a purpose maybe personal, material or ideological, but another brand of terrorism that is real but very silent is ongoing.

“Killing our people in instalments and in advance, just take a blood sample of us here and those that are not from this region and you’ll be shocked. Nobody is talking about it, we are dealing with a major crisis of monumental proportion but we will continue to preach to the conscience of the world for them to know that beyond making money, beyond crude oil is a very important part of international diplomacy, the health of the people matters.”

The commission’s chairman, Dr John Sentamu, speaking earlier had told the governor the commission had for over the past seven months investigated and gathered pieces of evidence and testimonies on the impact of the activities of oil companies in the state.

He said from their findings, the activities of the multinational oil companies in the state amount to environmental genocide, adding that the companies have done terrible damages and should not be allowed to get away with their alleged atrocities.

“We hope to mount pressure on the companies to operate through the same legal and morally responsibly the way they do in the United Kingdom, so that if there are spillages, they don’t get away but rather clean up and pay huge bills of compensation because the damage has been done for so long, with these measures, we can bring about change for the people,” Sentamu said.

Speaking further he said, “Roughly 40m litres of oil wind up in the Niger Delta annually, eight times more than is spilled in America, the world’s biggest producer and consumer.

“Early analysis shows that if Bayelsa’s share of oil spilled is the same as oil pumped, as much as a barrel of oil may have been spilled for every man, woman and child living in Bayelsa today. It is estimated that the consequences of oil spills may kill around 16,000 infants in the Niger Delta annually within their first month of life.”

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134 Dead, 76,887 Houses Destroyed As Flooding Hits Jigawa

Heavy flooding in Jigawa State has resulted in the death of 134 persons and destroyed 76,887 houses.

The deputy governor of the state, Alhaji Umar Namadi disclosed this when he hosted the United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) official, Rahman Rihub Mahmud Fara on Saturday.

He said the state lost property worth more than N1.5 trillion to the floods.

A total of 22 roads and 11 bridges were completely washed away by the floods, he said.

The deputy governor said an entire village was also completely destroyed.

He said the flood affected 272,189 people, out of which 76,887 lost their houses.Mr Namadi said Kirikasamma and Birniwa local government areas are greatly affected.

UNICEF chief field officer in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa, Mr Fara, said they came to assess the situation and see what could be done to alleviate the suffering of the communities affected by flood in the state.

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NEMA Confirms Four Dead In Mushin Building Collapse

The three-storey building which collapsed on Friday in Lagos killed four persons.

This is according to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

The agency said one other person was rescued in the building that collapsed on Oye Sonuga Street, Palm Avenue, in Mushin, Lagos.

NEMA South-West Zonal Coordinator, Mr Ibrahim Farinloye, revealed that those who died were two males and two females.

Earlier, the Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Omotayo Bamgbose-Martins the cause of the collapse would beinvestigated.

It is learnt that the three-storey building built 40 years would be pulled down immediately for safety reasons and to forestall further collapse, said Bamgbose-Matins.

He has therefore, ordered the Lagos State Building Control Agency and the Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory to unravel the cause of the collapse.


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Flooding Displaces 2000 In Nasarawa Communities

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Heaving flooding in some communities in Nasarawa state has caused the displacement of about 2000 people.

The Chairman, Doma Local Government in Nasarawa State, Ahmed Sarki-Usman who spoke on Friday during an assessment visit to the affected communities said the incident happened on September 20.

He said his visit was to ascertain the level of damage caused by the flood to report the situation to the state government for necessary action.

“It is unfortunate that the flood destroyed houses, farmlands, produce and other valuables worth millions of naira. Many inhabitants of the area affected by the flood have deserted their homes and are now camping at primary schools as temporary sites. What my people are facing is completely devastating,’’ he lamented.

Sarki-Usman urged people in the communities to remain calm as the government would soon assist them.

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