Presidential Amnesty Office will collaborate with National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, on disaster reduction programmes in the Niger Delta.
Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme, Prof. Charles Dokubo, who made the disclosure also assured of the readiness of his office to partner NOSDRA towards curtailing the effects of environmental degradation on communities in the Niger Delta.
He gave the assurance in Abuja at a meeting with the Director- General of NOSDRA, Sir Peter Idabor, as he described the plans for disaster reduction programmes in the Niger Delta in partnership with his office as a step in the right direction.
“I think we have to look at the ripple effects of environment degradation. Environmental degradation and economic resurgence is one issue we should always look at. It has taken a long time and now that the government has decided that clean up period has come, it is commendable. I face a peculiar problem in the sense that whenever there is a crisis, most of the people I deal with will go and blow up pipelines and I always tell them that they are not blowing up pipelines that are in Kaduna, they are blowing up pipes that are in their own environment and that children yet unborn will suffer from these activities.
“Now that you want to create awareness, I think that it is very good. Oil pollution, these are not things that we hear in developed countries. New technologies are available that we can use now, but for our environment, it is already devastated. To resuscitate it, we need to create the awareness that this environment belongs to us,” he said.