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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.”

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Ndudi Elumelu
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Efiong Akwa

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