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 Reps join moves to probe mysterious deaths in Rivers Bonny

Reps join moves to probe mysterious deaths in Rivers Bonny

THE NATION

The House of Representatives has indicated interest to join the ongoing moves to probe the real cause of mysterious deaths in gas-rich Bonny Island, Rivers State.

It was gathered that the attention of the House was drawn to the tragic development by a member representing Degema/Bonny Federal Constituency, Dr. Farah Dagogo and other lawmakers from the state.

It was learnt that about 13 persons died of the strange disease within two weeks.

Prominent Ijaw groups attributed the development to uncontained gas from facilities operated by oil multinationals.

The state Governor, Nyesom Wike, said his administration had initiated an investigation into the matter.

The lawmakers in a statement by Dagogo’s Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Ibrahim Lawal, decried the situation in Bonny in a they motion moved on the floor of the House.

The statement said the motion waa listed under matters of urgent public importance and titled, Motion on the urgent need to intervene in the mysterious deaths in Bonny Island in Rivers State.

It said the motion was read on the floor by one of the co-sponsors, Awaji-Inombek Abiante, representing Andoni/Opobo/Nkoro Constituency.

The sponsors of the motion lamented that in spite of Bonny’s significant contribution to the country’s economy, it lacked adequate medical facility and because of its poor state of government infrastructures.

The said: “It is difficult to access Port Harcourt, the Capital of Rivers State, or any part of the country’ for medical help as Bonny ‘Island can only be accessed by boats and ferries without a link road’ for connection.

“Mr. Speaker, Bonny is the home to the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas, NLNG, and other oil multinational companies including the Royal Dutch Shell, Mobil, Chevron, Agip and ELF.

“Bonny Island is also a major export point for oil and has the biggest NLNG plant in Nigeria with six trains which is the mainstay of the Nigerian Gas economy”.

The lawmakers said there were concerns that the unresolved death of fishes in Bonny and other Niger Delta coastal communities could be related.

They resolved that the House urge the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to compare notes and brief the House joint committee on the dead fishes incident with the samples NCDC already collected from Bonny.

They also prayed the House to urge the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to provide necessary materials to the people of Bonny Island in the interim.

They called on the Federal Government to establish a Federal Medical Centre in the Island to cater for the needs of the residents of the area as well as companies operating there.

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