… Ovuoraye Runa
The concerned people of Niger Delta has raised over the dumping of toxic waste in Itsekiri community in Warri town of Delta State, South-South region of Nigeria.
Both the state government official and a community leader on Wednesday confirmed that “toxic waste has been dumped in a farming town” in Nigeria’s restive oil-producing Delta region.
The President of the National Association of Itsekiri Graduates, Mr. Collins Edema, said the waste was dangerous to both agricultural produce and aquatic life.
In the same vein , the Special Assistant to Delta State Governor on Community Development, Mr. Thankgod Seibi, said the harmful waste was dumped in Koko, a town in the Warri north local government district of the state.
“The waste was brought in from a foreign country into Nigeria and dumped at Koko. The state government has not done anything about it yet,” Seibi but did not give details of the foreign country.
The community leaders are also expressing concern over the situation since pollution has been a source of tension across the Niger Delta region, often leading to militancy.
They noted that the unacceptable situation has led militants, most recently the Niger Delta Avengers, to carry out attacks on oil pipelines and facilities in a bid to drive the government to agree to a greater share of Nigeria’s oil dollars for the region.
There has however, been renewed efforts by the Federal Government of Nigeria to remedy the situation in the poverty-stricken but violent prone region that produces most of the OPEC member’s oil, the major source of revenue for the country.