The black soot rains down from the sky
Residents of Rivers State, Port Harcourt precisely, are lamenting the pollution of their air by black soot and have revealed the fears they have concerning their health. The extent of the pollution is such that the soot can be visibly seen on the skin and clothes.
Most people have to move about with a mask and a few are reported coughing out black phlegm while the rest fear for the long term effect of this substance which is likely poisonous to the health.
A number of the residents took to Twitter to express their fears.
Below are tweets from concerned Port Harcourt residents:
Below is a report from the State Governor on setting up a Task Force to tackle the problem: **********
"RSG SETS UP TASK FORCE TO TACKLE BLACK SOOT "Rivers State Government has set up a Task Force to tackle the black soot pollutting the atmosphere of Port Harcourt and its environs. "The Task Force is mandated to investigate and resolve the environmental challenge.
"This was part of the resolutions of the State Executive Council meeting of Wednesday at the Government House, Port Harcourt Executive Council Chambers chaired by Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike . "The Task Force to investigate the Black Soot has the Commissioner of Environment, Professor Roseline Konya, Commissioner of Special Duties, Mr Emeka Onowu and the Commissioner of Information, Dr Austin Tam-George as members.
"The committee which will be backed by technical experts will liaise with major stakeholders to resolve the environmental challenges posed by the black soot.
"Briefing the media after the Executive Council meeting, Commissioner of Information, Dr Austin Tam-George stated that the resolution was reached after the Commissioner of Environment, Professor Roseline Konya on the preliminary results of its Ministerial Investigation.
"Also on Wednesday, the Rivers State Executive Council approved the purchase of hi-tech equipment for the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital at the cost of $10.5million.
"The Rivers State Executive Council also resolved to ensure that all the General Hospitals being rehabilitated are duly equipped to create access to quality healthcare for the people.
Special Assistant to the Rivers State Governor,
8th February, 2017."