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Monarch Seeks Corporate Partnership To Clear Oginigba Creek

The Traditional Ruler of Oginigba Community in Obio Akpor local government Area of Rivers state, HRH Eze Amb. GB Odum, JP has appealed to companies operating within the area to collectively participate in the clearing of the Oginiba water ways.

Speaking during activities making the International Water Day, organized by Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) in Port Harcourt. Eze Odum lamented that the companies in the area has contributed to the pollution of the Oginigba river through the discharge of production wastes into the river.

According to the traditional ruler, the continued discharge of wastes and other forms of pollution in the area has created all forms of health hazards to residents of the area.

He appealed to companies to join efforts and ensure that Oginigba River and the entire community environment is cleared of the massive industrial wastes that has affected human and aquatic lives in the area.

The traditional ruler appealed to the companies to fulfill their social responsibility obligations to the community stressing that the Oginigba community has over the years lacked basic need such as pipe born-water health facilities and employment opportunities among others.

On the deplorable sanitary conditions of the slaughter market in the area, Eze Odum stated that the Oginigba community was not involved in the management of the market, emphasizing that it was the Rivers state and Obio Akpor governments that are wholly responsible for the affairs of the market.

Chairman, Rivers State House of Assembly Committee on Water Resources, Hon. Christian Ahiakwo expressed delight that the company had been  complying with the safety regulations on industrial waste disposal of the state government, and commended the synergy existing between the bottling company and the host community.

Also speaking former special adviser to the Governor Nyesom Wike on pollution control, Hon. Nwuke Anucha commended the NBC for taking measures to comply with some of the observable lapses pointed out during the last fact-finding visit to the company by the state government and called on the company to do more to contain the indiscriminate discharge of product waste of the company on the environment.

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