Govt Okays N11bn For Ecological Projects

By DOMINIC OKONTA

AS part of measures to check ecological disasters, Delta State Government has appropriated the sum of N10.902, 478.504 billion for major ecological projects across the state. The government has also stopped and invited over 85 persons involved in illegal dredging activities for questioning.

This was disclosed yesterday by the state Commissioner for Environment, Chief Frank Omare during the ministerial briefing at the conference hall of the Ministry of Information, Asaba.

Some of the strategic projects under execution, according to him, are the Asaba N3,313, 383,419.11 billion urban drainage project, Warri N1,900,000,000 billion urban drainage, Uzere N250,000,000 million urban drainage amongst others.

According to him, over 45 percent of Asaba project has been executed, while Warri project has reached 52 percent completion, Ughelli project has reached about 55 percent completion while phase I, Uzere project has been completed at the total cost of N248,000 ,000 million.

To checkmate the unauthorized operations of dredging in the state, which have exposed River Ethopie and others to ecological problems in the state, he said had government has stopped and invited over 85 illegal dredgers for questioning.

On the environmental impact of Bonga spillage in Bayalse to coastal communities in Delta State, the Commissioner said the state government is investigating and studying the extent of damage the spillage has caused in the state and that the Shell Company has accepted the responsibility which it blamed on mechanical fault.

His words, “there is a standing taskforce on oil spillage in the Ministry. It always responded immediately to any incidence of oil spillage in the state by calling for a joint investigation visit (JIC) to ascertain principally the cause, magnitude and extent of the impact on the environment”

On his Ministry’s maintenance of drains across the state, he said government has undertaken and has continued to undertake the clearing of towns and cities across the state, adding, once more filthed evacuation equipment are procured by government, the refuses disposal will be made easier he said.