NACGOND-sponsored Environmental Clubs located across many communities in the Niger Delta were visited by member organizations and NACGOND Secretariat for club monitoring and evaluation. The visits feature in-depth interaction with school club members on various environmental and club sustainability issues.
To support her Environmental Sustainability initiatives, NACGOND sponsors the establishment of bee farms in communities. Bee farms have been successfully established in Boki LGA as a livelihood initiative that also promotes environmental sustainability. The members of NACGOND Environmental Club in Boki LGA are the first beneficiaries of the training and the establishment of farms. The capacity is expected to spread across communities.
As Environmental Centre for Oil Spills and Gas Flaring better known as NACGOND commemorates the World Environment Day 2020 tagged ‘’Time for Nature’’, it is a good opportunity to reflect on our commonality. Years of oil and gas exploration in the Niger Delta region have rather led to unquantifiable levels of environmental degradation and violence in our communities. Our environments and livelihoods have never been spared from prolonged cases of environmental degradation. From Ogoniland in Rivers State to Gbaramatu Kingdom in Delta State, and all over the Niger Delta, the story is the same. Pollution from oil and gas activities have undermined nature.
A Research Paper Written By Dornwile R. Apenu (an Intern with NACGOND)
Editted by Benjamin A. Ubleble, PhD
Environmental pollution occurs in cases where contaminants are introduced into the environment. In most cases, pollution is often man made. This imply that anthropogenic activities often occur due to exploration for resources. Pollutants originate from a number of sources resulting in different kinds of hazards. Such hazards may contaminate the soil, water and air quality. In whichever way pollution may occur, the impact is always more on environmental resources. Usually, where pollution occurs, it affects habitats thereby lowering survival of various forms of life. This trend leads to loss of biodiversity. Biodiversity is the availability of various specie organisms such as plants, animals, microorganisms and by extension, all animate things present in any ecosystem (Australian Museum, 2015).1. Marine biodiversity on the other hand connotes various specie organisms found in fresh water bodies, estuaries, swamps, mangroves, oceans as the case may be. Due to high level pollution, loss of biodiversity is acute in marine life within the Niger Delta of Nigeria.
The Abia State Secondary School Competition held at the Green Global Hotel Ltd along Port Harcourt Aba road on Tuesday 23rd July 2019 by 10.00am by the Foundation for Environmental Rights Advocacy and Development (FENRAD) in collaboration with National Coalition against Oil Spills and Gas Flaring in Niger Delta (NACGOND) with support from Dutch Embassy. Five schools from Abia State made it to the final quiz competition as the representative of the entire schools that have NACGOND's Environmental Clubs in Abia State.
The activity has shown significant impact on the students and their immediate environment as they now engage their peers and parents that lack basic environmental hygiene and knowledge in series of environmental education and sanitation practices in their various communities and schools.
Bayelsa State Governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson has berated international oil companies over what he referred to as, ‘insensitivity to the plight of oil producing communities in the Niger Delta.’
He stated that over the years, the accumulated effects of their activities were beginning to have its toll on the people of oil producing states, as they have impacted adversely on the lives of the people, especially Bayelsa, where oil companies have the bulk of their operations.
“I have said it before that what has been going on in Bayelsa State and in all oil producing areas concerning the levity with which oil companies treat the issues of the environment and the maintenance of environmental and health standards is unimaginable.
“We all have a duty to keep the environment safe and hand it to our children’s children, the same way our parents handed it over to us. Already, in our villages and communities, we can see what is happening; the accumulated effects of several years of oil exploration and exploitation; a regime of lack of transparency and accountability by oil companies, who are operating in this area because they have no respect for our laws and even our lives”, he said.
The health hazards created by oil exploration and exploitation are covert and slow in action. They are not given the deserved attention in official documents in Nigeria, even as they can be major contributors to the disease burden in oil-bearing communities. This study is an interpretation of the data reported in several published studies on crude oil spills in the Niger delta region, Nigeria.
Materials and Methods:
A manual and Internet search was conducted to extract quantitative data on the quantity of crude oil spilled; the concentrations of the pollutants in surface water, ground water, ambient air and plant and animal tissue; and the direct impact on human health and household food security.
A succession of oil spills by Shell and other companies over half a century will cost $1bn to clean up, according to a major report.
The UN Environment Programme (Unep) has announced that Shell and other oil firms systematically contaminated a 1,000 sq km (386 sq mile) area of Ogoniland, in the Niger delta, with disastrous consequences for human health and wildlife.
Nigerians had "paid a high price" for the economic growth brought by the oil industry, said UNEP's executive director.