Black Soot In Air Worries Port Harcourt Residents

rivers-state-soot-in-the-airGovernment and residents of Rivers State have expressed worries, as scientists try to unravel the true cause of black soot within Port Harcourt, the capital city and other parts of the state. 

Residents had recently started noticing black deposits on their rooftops and their cars. Their concern became deepened when the real cause or origin of the soot was unknown.

Channels Television in company of some environmentalists and other scientists set out to carry out a scientific inspection of the black particles.

Adeyemi Adewale is the chairman of the Nigerian Environmental Society in Rivers State. As early as 5:30 a.m., he led his team to the field to set up particle sampling machines. According to him, the sampling exercise is better done early in the morning.

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Burning of tyres and other illegal activities are likely cause of the soot, residents say

He said: “This sampling exercise can only be carried out either with a hand sampler and metric meter. The sampling paper traps the particles from the air sucked in by the Air metric particulate sampler. It is best to start early in the morning in order to ensure that other activities like car fumes and human interference will not choke up the atmosphere”.

Mr Adewale further said that the “particles gathered between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. are usually better samples for scientific examination”.

Meanwhile, as late as 9:00 a.m. a dense fog could be seen in the atmosphere and Mr Sam Emejuru, a resident of Port Harcourt and the National Secretary of National Environmental Society told Channels Television that he had been noticing the particles for two months now.

He says when he wakes up in the morning he notices black dusty like substance on his car and surfaces in his house.

“What is happening is that there is a product of combustion which is an incomplete burning process that emits carbon. There are many industries that process hydro-carbon materials. Activities of illegal refineries is also a possible cause,” he said.

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Illegal refining of crude has damaged vast portion of land in the southern part of Nigeria

A statement by the state government said the appearance of the black soot was a source of grave concern to it.

The Ministry of environment has sent separate investigative teams to all parts of the State and is already working on the strong hypothesis that the black soot might be caused by artisanal oil refining activities, the burning of car tyres at night in different locations in the state, and other air-polluting activities around the state.

The statement by the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Dr. Austin Tam-George, said samples of the black soot had been sent to sophisticated laboratories in order to determine its actual origin.

Residents of the State have been advised to stop the burning of tyres or any illegal oil mining activities.

Oil companies have also been advised to stop gas flaring in order to encourage a healthier and sustainable livelihood in the state.

Patients At Leprosy Hospital In Akwa Ibom Get Relief Materials

Martha-Udom-EmmanuelSome patients at the Qua Iboe Church Leprosy Hospital, Ekpene Obom, in Etinan Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State have received some food items and toiletries from the wife of the State Governor, Mrs Martha Udom.

The items were handed to the patients when Mrs Udom visited the hospital on Saturday, a visit which was described as the first of its kind since her assumption of office.

At the hospital, she met and interacted with the patients, giving them a sense of belonging.

The First Lady of Akwa Ibom State assured the patients that the administration of Governor Udom Emmanuel was committed to improving the living standard of the less privileged through the provision of enabling environment and welfare programmes.

She encouraged the physically challenged not to see their plight as the end of life, reminding them that there is ability in every disability.

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Food items and toiletries donated to the patients

On receiving the Governor’s wife, the Chief Medical Director of Qua Iboe Church Leprosy Hospital, Dr. Archibong Afia, expressed appreciation for her love and care toward the less privileged.

An inmate of the hospital, Mrs Offiong Bassey, who is the state’s President of Joint Association of Persons with Disabilities, said they would never forget Mrs Martha Udom Emmanuel for giving them a sense of belonging.

The Governor’s wife also visited inmates of Goodnews Gospel Village in Abak, where she equally donated food items, cash and toiletries for the upkeep of the inmates.

The First Lady advised the children to respect their elders and devote themselves to their studies, in order to succeed in their academic pursuits.

In his speech, the Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Aniekan Umanah, gave kudos to the founder of Goodnews Gospel Village, Bishop Elijah Mboho, for his sacrifice and commitment to the welfare of the less-privileged.

During the visit, the children sang and danced with the wife of the Governor, in appreciation of her generosity to them.

Kwara Threatens Clampdown On Trouble Makers

The Kwara state government on Thursday said that it will discipline anyone or group that incites violence or takes the law into their hands under any guise.

In a statement issued in Ilorin following reported attacks on churches in the state capital by yet unidentified persons, the commissioner for Information and Communications, Tunji Moronfoye condemned the attacks and stated that the state police command has been advised to identify and prosecute the perpetrators regardless of their status.

Mr Moronfoye stressed that the state government will not tolerate any further acts of criminality and threats to public order, emphasizing that all legal measures will be employed to ensure that Kwara State retains its reputation for peace and harmony among its peoples.

The commissioner advised anyone with a grievance to employ dialogue as well as the courts of law as there can be no justification for wanton destruction of lives and property under any guise.

Meaningful growth and development, he said, can only thrive when there is peace, adding that the state government will not allow trouble makers to distract it from its determined efforts to create economic prosperity for all Kwarans.

Plateau gets new curfew from 7pm to 6am

Following a review of the security situation in troubled Plateau State, by the state’s Security Council, Governor Jonah Jang has reviewed the 24 hour curfew imposed in four local government areas of the state.

According to a statement by Commissioner for Information and Communication, Abraham Yiljap, the stay at home order has now been reviewed from 7pm to 6am with effect from Tuesday and will remain so till further notice.