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 Environmentalists berate Niger Delta govs on oil derivation proceeds

Environmentalists berate Niger Delta govs on oil derivation proceeds


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.

“The squandering or wastage of resources is a self-inflicted injury because it allows oil companies and other exploiters to act irresponsibly seeing that leaders do not have the moral grounds to demand good behaviour. “As we mark World Environment Day focusing on kicking air pollution, we need to look at our faces in the ecological mirror and declare truthfully what we see.

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