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Published On: Wed, Jun 12th, 2019

Gas flaring: Impose stiffer penalties on offenders, group urges Buhari

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From Nosa Akenzua, Asaba

Indigenes of Niger Delta region want President Muhammadu Buhari to end the increasing gas flaring across the country.
The Indigenes in collaboration with” Peace Health Human Trafficking Environment and Foundation International (PHEW), on Tuesday urged Buhari to sanction offenders.
Speaking to journalists in Warri, the Director- General of the group, Chigbo Uche warned that offenders, especially those who refused to comply with the laws, be severely punished.
“Air pollution had been major cause of deaths globally, a clean and healthy environment would help to mitigate ailments associated with air pollution.
“Our industries also play a major part in the air pollution, government should regulate gas flaring and sanction oil companies that fail to comply with the law in order to have clean air” Uche said.
She lamented the poor condition of the abattoir and warned that if nothing was done traders at various markets across the country will suffer the consequences in health hazards.
‘The smell emanating from Many abattoir across the country is capable of causing diseases such as cancer and respiratory diseases.
“In Ndokwa East and West, Part of Ughelli towns, and many communities in Niger Delta region, gas flaring is Killing the people, Mr President should do something fast to end the situation, “Uche added.
She however appealed to the state and federal governments to take proactive steps with a view to ensuring the gas flaring becomes a history.

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