Presenting a 12-point protest letter to the state government, the leader of Stop-the-Soot Campaign, Tunde Bello, urged the state government to prioritise the issue of environment cleanliness. Bello said: “The concerned citizens of Rivers State under the aegis of Stop-the-Soot Campaign and Civil Liberty Organisations have few demands about the soot that has ravaged the state.
“We want His Excellency and the state government to prioritise the environment and draw up a supplementary budget for the Ministry of Environment. This is because of the soot. We want the state government to conduct an environmental audit of communities that have oil and operation going on in their areas. “We want the Rivers State Government and the governor to act and become the reservoir of environmental data of Rivers State.
“We want Wike and the state government to compel the local governments to implement sanitation laws in their domains. We want the state government and governor to make the local governments to use their security votes to monitor environmental issues. “We want the state governor and government to make the local governments and other stakeholders to start a street by street health campaign and awareness on the health issue.
“We want the state governor and government to make the local governments and other stakeholders to start a street by street health campaign and awareness on the health issue. “We want Wike and the government to lead a bi-partisan campaign on behalf of the state and its citizens, the state and National Assemblies to change the rules governing the issue of environment and ensure the implementation of the Petroleum Industry Bill on environment.
“As a matter of urgency and importance, we want the state government to provide daily air quality readings to the citizens as the oil companies are doing to their staff. We want the Rivers State Government to collaborate with the Nigerian Medical Association to compile and make public the health of the citizens and the cause of deaths.”