‘Why FG Must Audit Niger Delta Environment’
The Federal Government should carry out an urgent audit of the Niger delta environment to ascertain the level of degradation and possible remedy. This is one of the high points to be tabled by Senator George Thompson Sekibo as the 9th Senate resumes in June, 2019.
Re-elected to represent Rivers East, Senator George Thompson Sekibo also stated that fiscal federalism and devolution of power would be among his priorities as he returns to the Nigerian Senate
Speaking with The Vortex on his re-election into the upper chamber, Senator Sekibo said he will channel his efforts towards pursuing policies that will improve the lots and living standards of Rivers people.
According to the experienced lawmaker, true federation and devolution of power to states will guarantee greater development and benefit to the states and the grassroots in governance.
The senator also said he will pursue issues of the environment in the Niger delta stressing that since 1958, there has been no proper environmental audit in the region.
He stated that the issues of environment degradation in the Niger Delta has greatly affected the lives of the people of the region, emphasizing that he will in concert with like minds ensure that the problems of the region are proper tackled.
The Senator equally stated that the issues of non functional Seaports in the region especially those in Rivers state will also be pursued at the national assembly, and expressed dissatisfaction on the shutdown of the ports in the south-south, while others in other region are fully operational.
He however said he will collaborate with other law and policy makers who may be sympathetic or share the same deprivations in the area to actuate his plans.
Sekibo also indicated interests in working towards ensuring that the state controls its energy sources, as a way of controlling the supply and distribution of electricity for the benefit of the people noting that the monopoly of the energy sector by the Federal Government which makes power to be in the executive list has denied Rivers State the capacity to generate and distribute electricity.
According to him the state would have been enjoy 24hour power supply during the Dr. Odili administration but the effort was frustrated by the faults legal condition.