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Nigerian Grammy-award-winning singer, Burna Boy has called out the Rivers State Government over the environmental situation of the city particularly the soot problem which is beginning to constitute a health hazard.
Bunkering and illegal crude oil refining activities are on the high rise in different riverine communities of Rivers State.
Burna Boy, in a series of posts on social media on Wednesday, sought a solution to the menace.
Alongside pictures of dark clouds and faces of people covered in black, Burna Boy sought the way forward.
His post read: ‘Dark clouds over my city, what is the way forward?
‘This is what bright sunny days look like for my people now.
‘Stop the soot in Portharcourt.’ he wrote
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress, APC, had called out Governor Nyesom Wike, accusing him of encouraging illegal oil bunkering, which is the major cause of the soot shortening the lives of residents in the State.
Africa Daily News, New York recalls that days ago, Wike had in a state-wide broadcast days ago vowed to publish the names of ‘those behind illegal bunkering activities in Okrika communities, Rivers South-East and Rivers South-West Senatorial Districts and declare them wanted if they failed to hand themselves over to the police.
Governor Wike went on to declare about 19 people wanted for alleged involvement in illegal oil bunkering activities.
Wike, who made the announcement in a statewide broadcast on Sunday, ordered those affected to ‘report themselves to the state police command.’
He revealed that he has also ‘given the full details’ of the persons involved to security agencies for prompt action.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK