The Delta State House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa to urged President Mohammed Buhari to as a matter of urgency direct the Federal Ministry of Environment and other relevant agencies to investigate the cause of death of fishes along the shore lines of River Forcados and Escravos River in the state.
The resolution, sponsored under Matters of Urgent Public Importance by the member representing Warri south, Honourable Emomotimi Guwor, drew attention of the authorities to the impending outbreak of another deadly disease if necessary actions were not taken.
Guwor, in his motion, said the River Forcados and Escravos River and their tributaries were under the siege of a yet to be identified disease presently killing fishes along the shore lines of the rivers.
The lawmaker named areas worst hit by the ugly development to include Ekemetagbene in Bomadi local government area, Akparemogbene, Oyangbene and all communities in Ogulagha and Iduwini kingdom in Burutu local government area.
Also affected are the entire Gbaramatu kingdom, all Ugborodo and Orere communities in Warri south west and Ogheye and other communities in Warri north local government area.
The motion also urged the President to direct the federal authorities to protect the biodiversity, conservation and sustainable development of the natural resources and the eco system of the affected communities from total extinction.
It further called on Governor Okowa to direct the Commissioners in charge of the state ministries of Environment and Oil and Gas to carry out public enlightenment and sensitization campaigns on the health hazards and harmful implications of the consumption of the dead fishes to avoid an outbreak of epidemic in the state, particularly in the affected areas
The motion also urged the state government to send relief materials to the affected communities with a view to alleviating the sufferings of the people whose socio-economic well being and livelihood had been disrupted as a result of the impact of the environmental crisis.
Guwor, who is the Chairman, House Committee on DESOPADEC, said fishing was the main occupation of riverine dwellers, disclosing that all accusing fingers on the cause of the unknown disease killing the fishes were pointing at the oil companies operating in the localities.
In their contributions, the House Majority Leader, Tim Owhefere, Deputy Majority Leader, Oboro Preyor, Chief Whip, Pat Ajudua, as well as Honorables Austin Uroye and Charles Emetulu, maintained that any damage to the ecosystem called for worry and urged the relevant authorities to proffer solution.
The motion was unanimously adopted when put to voice vote by the Speaker, Honourable Sheriff Oborevwori, who also commended the legislators for the robust debate on the merits of the motion and expressed optimism that prompt action would be taken to address the ecological problem.