Wike Demands Funds to Tackle Environmental Degradation, Security in Niger Delta


Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt

Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike has declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government must as a matter of urgency release funds for tackling issues of environmental degradation and security in the Niger Delta.

Wike said while he would not condemn the release of $1 billion to tackle Boko Haram, the environmental and security challenges in the Niger Delta far outweigh the Boko Haram conflict.

The governor spoke during the annual general meeting of Okpo Club of Nigeria (Association of Ikwerre Lawyers) on Saturday in Port Harcourt.

He requested the APC federal government to release the derivation component of the Excess Crude Account (ECA) to the oil producing states of the Niger Delta.

He said: “Niger Delta environmental problems are as serious as the Boko Haram insurgency. I am not saying that you should not fight Boko Haram.

“If you can get funds from the national pool to tackle Boko Haram, then you should go to the pool to get funds to fight environmental problems in Ogoni and other Niger Delta communities.”

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  • Judith

    While we are at it, though we are not condemning the release of usd $1bn to fight BH in the NE (As usual), the very wise governors should approve and release the same USD $1bn to resettle Bakassi IDP’s in the SS and control the monumental erosion in the SE. These problems have an end in sight with the disbursement of such funds. The BH problem is a self inflicted problem caused by a strategy that back fired and now has no end in sight. Just saying….