Environmentalists have described as diversionary, the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency’s (NOSDRA) report on massive death of fish along Niger Delta coastlines.
They noted that while NOSDRA was quick to state that hydrocarbon was not responsible for the deaths, it failed to produce a plausible cause, thus, leaving the affected communities to live with the impacts and uncertainties.
It could be recalled that reports of dead fish washing up on an extensive stretch of the Niger Delta coastline first broke out on February 20, 2020, when community people from Ogbulagha Kingdom in Burutu Local Government Area of Delta State raised an alarm that dead fish in their large numbers were floating and littering their shores. Similar reports also came from fishing communities in Ondo, Bayelsa, Rivers and Akwa Ibom States.
The director of the ecological think tank Health of Mother Earth Foundation, Ninemo Bassey, said the report of laboratory analysis as presented by NOSDRA does not resolve the problem and was diversionary.