FG to tackle soot in Rivers

The federal government has committed to take swift measures in Rivers State to combat the spreading soot.

Timipre Sylva, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, made the commitment during his remarks at the 6th National Council on Hydrocarbon in Port Harcourt on Thursday.

The minister, who was represented at the occasion by Nasir Gwazor, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, said he was concerned about the soot and that his ministry would collaborate with the federal ministry of the environment to address the problem.

“My good people of Port Harcourt, the soot is unacceptable. It has made life hellish for residents.

“The Ministry of Petroleum Resources, therefore, realises this problem and we are going to continue to work with the Ministry of Environment to provide a lasting solution.”

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, who was represented by his commissioner for Energy and Natural Resources, Doctor Peter Medee, urged Rivers residents to resist the temptation of stealing what is rightfully theirs and destroying oil infrastructure in the process.

He called on the people “to continue to support the efforts of the federal government to strengthen the production of crude oil as today the major chunk of revenue of this country that will drive the sustenance of the economy is from this sector.

“It is on that note that we call on you to avoid illegal practices and negative tendencies that will affect this noble provision that God has given to us”.

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Chukwu Ebuka
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