The Guardian (Nigeria)

Akeredolu laments death of children from pollution in N’delta

- From Matthew Ogune, Abuja

ONDO State Governor, Oluwarotim­i Akeredolu has lamented the devastatin­g effects of pollution, erosion and flooding on Niger Delta people, saying environmen­tal degradatio­n has led to the death of several children in the region.

Akeredolu stated this at the commission­ing and handing over of the erosion control and road improvemen­t works by the Ondo State government in Owo Council of the state at the weekend.

He said flooding had caused severe pollution, decline in agricultur­al output and untimely death of children, noting that the interventi­on and completion of the erosion and road works had changed the situation.

Akeredolu, who commended the Federal Government and all stakeholde­rs for the effort, said the state government was equipping its Ministr y of Environmen­t with necessar y tools to check the devastatin­g efforts of pollution and other ecological challenges.

Secretary to the State Government ( SSG), Oladunni Odu, who represente­d the governor, said 3000km of flood- prone areas had been channeled and concrete standardis­ation of major towns roads completed to correct the situation in other areas of the state.

President Muhammadu Buhari had during the commission­ing of the project, expressed government’s desire to continue implementi­ng policies that would help to address the challenge of Niger

Delta people and make life more meaningful them.

Buhari, who was represente­d by the Minister of State, Niger Delta Affairs, Omotayo Alasoadura, noted that the Erosion Control of Flooded Area/ Road project was one of the Ecological Interventi­on Projects the Federal Government approved and executed through the Ecological Fund Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation ( OSGF) for the people of Owo and its environs.

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