ENVIRONMENT

The Environment, Oil and Gas Chairman, Hon Ekpotuareyin Pullah said priority attention should be given to environmental sanitation particularly in urban centers across the state.
Hon Pullah who represents Burutu 2 Constituency in the House also called for attitudinal change in waste disposals and management, stressing the need for greater attention in that regards.
He said there were several legislations aimed at instilling orders in the environment but there seems to be a lacuna in the area of enforcement.
Hon Pullah who spoke along side with other members of the Committee, said much is expected from the ministry in 2021.
The Commissioner for Environment, Mr Chris Onogba said everybody is a critical stakeholder of the environment, stressing that the only way forward is right attitude towards the environment.
Mr Onogba disclosed that the Ministry would pay attention to the desilting of internal drains, as well as construction of new ones as some of the existing drains in the state were too old to withstand the challenges of climate change.
He said the environment must be right for other sectors to thrive, even as he solicited for funds to acquire basic heavy duty equipment for vegetation control and refused collections among others in the state.
Defending the 2021 budget estimate of the State Environmental Protection Agency, DELSEPA, the General Manager, Mr. Victor Okolie disclosed plans to revamp the analytical laboratory, because of its revenue generating potentials.
Mr Okolie reminded the lawmakers that the agency was established with development objective to protect and conserve the environment so as to be habitable for Deltans.
He commended Hon Felix Anirah for donating an office accommodation for the agency in Sapele.
Appearing before the Hon Pullah led Committee on Environment, Oil and Gas for the defense of his ministry’s budget, the Commissioner for Oil and Gas, Prince Emma Angbadugba expressed optimism of more developmental projects in the sector next year.



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