Ekpotuayerin disclosed this on Monday in Asaba while receiving reports of some community leaders from Burutu, Ughelli South and Warri South West LGA’s of the state on companies indiscriminate dumping of wastes materials in parts of their environment and across Niger Delta region, advising the companies to always consider the safety and protection of their host communities’ environment as well as lives of aquatic creatures.
Ekpotuayerin who represented the good people of Burutu South Constituency noted, ” I want to say the Delta state House of Assembly will take some very drastic punitive measures on companies who violate and develop the habit of destroying the environment deliberately by dumping toxic waste materials on the waterways, the high sea and forests. You are not only destroying the lives of the the aquatic creatures, but destroying lives of people living around your operational base. This deliberate act causes adverse economic effect as crops and plants growth is affected as well as fishing activities as waste chemicals cut short lives of aquatic creatures, especially fishes and prawns die in their numbers, making life harsh and unbearable for fishermen/farmers in Niger Delta region.
” Apart from oil spill which damages the environment massively, companies still deliberately dumping toxic waste materials in high sea, rivers and forest within where they operate. This will be looked into by the committee which I shared and punitive measures shall be taken to curb flagrant abuse and disobedience of safety of the environmental protection in Delta state” He assured.
The lawmaker also urged multinational oil companies to find way to stop Gas flaring as continued abuse of the environment through massive flaring of Gas endangers the lives of the Niger Delta people, thereby cut short lives span of men and women in the region below 70 years with strange ailments resulting from acidic pollution of oil and Gas in Niger Delta region.
The lawmaker also cautioned on the activities of illegal refinery operators of the adverse health effect posed on the lives of people in the communities as well as the environment