Four years after, pall of soot still hovers over Rivers State

Sun Jan 5th, 2020 - Rivers

Nearly four years after deadly black soot seized the Port Harcourt skyline and several parts of Rivers State causing massive air pollution, there are fears of increased air-induced ailment persists, while there is the stark absence of concerted effort by governments at all levels to tackle the deadly pollution.

Also, the predictions by many health professionals that residents of the state may likely experience chronic respiratory diseases, skin disease, heart problems and an increase in mortality rate is manifesting as findings from some hospitals in the state indicated that an increasing number of patients suffer from the above-mentioned ailments.

Initially, when the soot was discovered in 2016, the state government and residents swung into action, while citizens mobilised themselves, staged peaceful protests to draw the attention of relevant authorities to the menace. Social media platforms, radio stations were also used to inspire action by government and sundry relevant stakeholders.




source: Guardian