Sunday, June 21, 2020

Pollution: Government Policies Should Be Geared Towards Curtailig Environmental Hazards- PHEW Foundation DG

By Victor Bieni

WARRI-DELTA STATE- The  Director-General PHEW Foundation International, Engr. Uche Queen Chigbo has said that  Government Policies and programs should be committed towards minimizing the risks posed by Environmental Pollution, and other hazards such as gas flaring, burning of fossil fuels, Cleaning of oil spills and reduction of the rate of deforestation.

 Engr. Chigbo made this disclosure recently in Warri, Delta State during a one day Youths Sensitization Workshop while Celebrating the World Environment Day Organized by PHEW Foundation Intl. in collaboration with Shola Mese Foundation.

The workshop titled "Time  For Nature:  Build Back Better With Covid-19" dwelt on topics such as "Environmental Pollution: Causes,  Effects and the way forward; Open Defecation  amongst others."

A motivational speaker,  Truman Whonana who prepared  the minds of the participants for the day's lectures, stated that for the younger generation to succeed in life, they must think outside the box.

Truman also enjoined the Youths to  push through and go back to their dreams, get the necessary information and act on it without allowing challenges such as Covid 19 to act as stumbling block. He further admonished them to think of how to succeed instead of abandoning their  goals.

Others who spoke were Comr. Emeka Nwokocha,  a Human Rights Activist, and Public Analyst, as well as Engr. Augustina Ovuema who spoke on the topic, "Environmental Pollution: Causes,  Effects and the Way Forward" and harped on extreme weather events, failure of climate change,  adaptation, and radioactive contamination amongst others. The duo in their separate speeches,  noted the effects of human activities on our environment and by extension, our health and living conditions. They encouraged individuals to be involved in protecting the Environment.

Also speaking on the theme, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Civil Society and Engagement, Hon. Rex Ekiugbo Anighoro charged PHEW Foundation on the need to put into action, all what was taught at the workshop, stressing that  one thing is to lecture people and another thing is  to put into action, all that was taught.

"Take practical steps to raise the standards and make the difference, practical steps which include engaging the government,  private sectors and other stakeholders to clearly understand these issues," he said.

The Governor's aide also vehemently condemned the idea of open defecation and cautioned on the impact of the continuous practice of open defecation.

Hon. Anighoro then advised all Civil societies in the State to come together so as to push their points with one voice to the government.

The DG, PHEW FOUNDATION Intl. Engr. Chigbo  identified Gas Flaring, Improper waste management, Deforestation, Generator / Cars Fumes and others as activities that destroy the Environment, stating that to build back the Economy better, the  Government must follow up on  policies that will  reduce such hazards as earlier stated.

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