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Rivers State Government  sets up Technical Committee to tackle Soot

In a move to finally resolve  the soot challenge facing the state, the Rivers State Government has set up a Technical Committee to implement the recommendations  of the scientific committee established  to investigate  the prevalence of soot.

Briefing journalists after the Rivers State Executive Council meeting that took place  on Wednesday at the Government House, Port  Harcourt , Commissioner of Environment, Prof Roseline Kornya said that the State Government arrived at the decision after a detailed consideration of the report of the Scientific Committee.

She said: ” The State  Executive Council  went ahead and appointed members of the Technical committee for purpose of the implementation of the report of the scientific committee.

“The technical committee is to be chaired by the Honorable Commissioner for Environment and other members are as follows, Prof Precious Edeh, Dr.Golden Ohana,the Honorable Attorney  General and commissioner for Justice, Commissioner of Water resources. Others are representatives of the IOCs. One each from Shell,  Agip,Total,Petrol chemical, Port Harcourt refineries and NLNG.

“There will also be a representative of civil society ,as well as Engineer Juliet Ohunna,while the secretary of the committee will be nominated by the Ministry of Environment”.

The Commissioner  said that the Scientific Committee discovered 12 sources of soot. She said that the Technical Committee  will work towards addressing  the sources of  soot.

“The sources of soot  are:  refineries, fertilizer companies, illegal  refineries, setting ablaze of illegally refined petroleum products by the military ,  tyre burning , gas flaring ,meat roasting  with used tyres , asphalt plants refuse burning among others”, she said.

Prof Konya said that the Rivers State Government  has written  to the Federal Government  to work with the state to tackle aspects that fall within the purview of Federal Agencies .

Also speaking, Commissioner of Information, Emma Okah said that the issue of soot is topical and the Wike Administration  is committed  to resolving  it.

He said that the Technical Committee  would be inaugurated  by the State Governor  at the commencement of his second term.

He noted that the State Government  will continue  to work for the improvement  of the environment.

Simeon Nwakaudu,
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor,
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