As the world celebrated World Environment Day yesterday, renowned environmentalists, Nnimmo Bassey and Alagoa Morris, has frowned at the neglect of oil communities by Niger Delta governors. Speaking on the 2019 World Environmental Day (WED), the duo noted that 13 per cent oil derivation funds to oil-producing states were being diverted by Niger Delta Governors.
According to them, the funds meant to ameliorate the adverse effect of oil exploration and production was being spent on frivolities to the detriment of the oil communities and the environment. Bassey said that Governors of the Niger Delta states were not deploying the oil derivation revenue for the benefit of the environment and the people. Bassey, who is also Founder/Executive Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation, noted that if the funds allocated to the Niger Delta were judiciously used, the region would have regenerated, returned or at least begin to return to its historically biodiverse self.