March 26, 2021

Nvuna River Contamination: Enugu govt intervenes

Nvuna River Contamination: Enugu govt intervenes

…As governor’s team visits site, collects water samples for laboratory examination

…Mulls emergency boreholes for affected communities

Following the directives of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, a government team led by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Water Resources, Hon. Anthony Dubem Onyia and the Managing Director of EN-RUWASSA, Dr. Frank Omeje, yesterday, visited the Nvuna River that traverses four communities of Nomeh, Unateze, Mburumbu and Nkerefi in Nkanu East Local Government Area of the state, on facts-finding mission.

There were reports that the Nvuna River, which is the major source of water for domestic activities in the four communities, has turned bloody and later blackish in colour, with accusations and counter accusations pointing at bandits and fishermen.

An Ethanol production factory located at Ituku/Ozalla, Enugu State, known as D-HAP Enterprises Services Ltd, which sources water from the Nvuna River was also suspected to have allegedly discharged effluent into the river.

Complying with Gov. Ugwuanyi’s directives, the state government’s team, after their on-the-spot investigation, established that there was indeed a contamination.

They collected water samples for laboratory test, in line with international best practice.

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The team also discovered that the effluent in question has destroyed all living organisms in the river including fishes. They also discovered that the water body emmited some odour.

Addressing the people of the communities, the Special Adviser on Water Resources, Hon. Onyia, identified with them and expressed the governor’s deepest concern and commitment to addressing the issue, as well as mitigate the challenges they are facing.

The governor’s aide, who advised the people of the communities to avoid water from the river, added that the state government is already considering emergency interventions such as drilling of boreholes for the affected communities prior to the river cleanup exercise, among others.

Hon. Onyia disclosed that state government will constitute further sanction as soon as laboratory test and more contact tracing are completed.