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Healthy ecosystem will enhance livelihoods, counter climate change
Port Harcourt -- The interim administrator of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr. Efiong Akwa, has harped on the need for a healthy ecosystem to enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change and stop the collapse of biodiversity.
Akwa spoke in Port Harcourt on the importance of preventing, halting and reversing environmental damages to the ecosystems in the Niger Delta region through tree planting and aquatic marine litter clean ort Harcourt — The
Leader, House of Representatives, Mr. Ndudi Elumelu, has assured the people of Delta State on the speedy passage of the Nigerian Maritime University Bill into law.
Elumelu gave the assurance while speaking during the swearing-in ceremony of the newly elected executive up exercise.
Akwa, who was represented by the NDDC Director, Environment Protection and Control, Engr. Onuoha Obeka, said that this year’s theme of World Environment Day, “Ecosystem Restoration,” charged people to get outdoors and appreciate the beauty of nature and its importance.
The NDDC boss said symbolic tree planting would gradually become a natural event that everyone would undertake not just for celebration of World Environment Day but a spark members of Okerenkoko Federated Community in Gbaramatu Kingdom, Delta State.
The lawmaker, who described as injustice the 13 percent oil derivative formula given to oil and gas states, said he would personally pushed for the passage of the Maritime University Bill in the National Assembly.
“I will be leading the for awareness creation for preserving the environmental heritage of the Niger Delta region.
“We are pleased to be active participants in the campaign for the restoration of our ecosystem. Part of our efforts will be in planting trees, cleaning the litters along the waterways for the preservation of our aquatic environment for future generations.
“People are an integral part of nature, with the environment as man’s only abode.” He noted, however, that social-economic development had led to massive destruction of the earth, which had caused ozone layer depletion, flooding, ocean erosion, deforestation among others.”