The Oasis Reporters
October 17, 2018
By Aloysius Okerieke
The National Coordinator, Center for Environmental Peace and Justice (CEPEJ), Comrade Sheriff Mulade has appealed to International Oil Companies, IOC’s operating in the Niger-Delta region to support people’s oriented programmes aimed at sensitizing the citizenry especially those in the Niger Delta region on the dangers associated with environmental pollution and it’s concomitant negative effects on people’s lives, environment and the economy at large.
The environmental rights activist who expressed concern over recent spate of crude oil related polution, pipeline exposition and vandalism noted that there is urgent need to educate Niger Deltans and Nigerians at large on their inclusive role of protecting oil and gas facilities and the environment from internal and external threats of vandalism, spillage and sabotage.
Speaking with journalists in Abuja, the Federal capital territory of Nigeria, Comrade Sheriff disclosed to journalist that the International Oil Companies have a crucial role to play in contributing to environmental peace and security in the Niger-Delta by supporting Programmes organized by CEPEJ to educate the people on the benefits of securing oil and gas installations so as to preserve their environment for the next generation and also contribute to robust profit for the oil companies and boost the Nigerian economy.
In his statement, Mulade said “There is urgent need to protect and minimize environmental pollution, we are calling on the IOC’s to support non governmental organisations, having Programmes to raise consciousness of protecting our environment from further deterioration because the environmental hazards emanating from illegal oil bunkering, pipeline vandalism, cruel oil theft and related social vices are more dangerous”.
Mulade also stressed the need for Government at all levels to partner with CEPEJ to promote programmes that will proffer solutions to peculiar issues such as internal and external conflict, social exclusion and political marginalization, health, hunger, unemployment, crime and social conflicts that bedevil the people.