The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has called on the Federal Government to curb the activities of illegal refineries and subsequent environmental pollution in Niger Delta region.
Fortune Obi, the National Public Relations Officer of the Association, made this call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that the activities of illegal refineries in Rivers and other states in the region had affected a lot of lives and environment due to inhalation of emissions from pollution.
“I want to appeal to the Federal Government that the issue of environmental pollution taking place in Niger Delta area, is an issue that must be addressed urgently.
“Government should implore all stakeholders, government agencies and security outfits to come to the aid of the people, they are dying gradually of the situation condition caused by illegal refineries.
“One activity that is not being checked by the government, presently is illegal refinery activities that is causing the emission and people are inhaling it on a daily basis, we need the government to intervene urgently,’’ he said.
He pointed out that lives of the peoples are precious, so, the government should curb the illegal activities in the area.