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Published On: Fri, Dec 7th, 2018

Consultant raises concern over toxic waste menace

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By Osaigbovo Iguobaro

Ethiope West Local Government Area of Delta State has bemoaned indiscriminate dumping of toxic waste by some oil companies operating in the State.
A Consultant to the Local Government and Estate Surveyor and valuer, Daniel Okotogbo, said this yesterday in Benin City, Edo State.
He said the Council has charged Pan Ocean oil company to court over alleged infraction bothering on indiscriminate dumping of toxic waste at Ovadje Community in the State.
Okotogbo lamented the unbridled level of impunity and fragrant breach of environmental laws by the multinational company thereby posing threat to human health and the environment.
“We have applied to the court to do the needful haven decided to follow due process in all our undertaken.
“If you go to the flow station at Ovadje, you will see the waste products consisting of slug and hazardous chemicals which they discharge indiscriminately. It has affected humans and wildlife which use to be for study groups.
“All the wildlife has disappeared and pollution is now order of the day. Hazardous gases of methane and Hydrogen oxide among others which are debilitating and poisonous to human health.
“They want to turn that place to another Ogoni land. The effects may not be felt immediately. But, the laboratory analysis we did revealed that the impact will gradually sin into human health in matter of 15 to 20 years.
“That is what they use to do, we called them and with impunity walkout on us by relying on non existent laws”, he said: “From what we have observed so far, the activities of Pan Ocean has degraded the environment in relation to the manner in which they carry out their operation in the Council for pecuniary benefits”.

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