MY ENVIRONMENT MY LIFE

JANEKALU
Posted July 13, 2017 from Nigeria

Environmental degradation is a global problem that affects both developed and developing countries.

Writing from Rivers State, a state in the oil producing areas of Nigeria. The country, Nigeria derives its

Gross National Product mainly from crude oil and its related product.

Before the discovery of crude oil in Oloibiri (former Rivers State and present Bayelsa State), Agriculture was the main primary occupation of the now oil rich area. Palm oil and stable foods like cassava, corn yam etc was the major export product of the country.

Rivers-State being a riverine area was a hob –nob for artisanal fishermen aside from crop product

Approximately 270 species of fishes and other marine life was known to be harvested from the area.

The major agrarian occupation of the riverine people of Rivers state was jettison after the discovery of oil in January, 1956.Crude oil discovery coming with its advantages, nevertheless exposes the area to huge environmental degradation.

Rivers State, after the discovery of oil is crisscross by thousands of pipeline flow station and other oil

installations that cut across farm lands and rivers. Negligence, long usage, sabotage and theft causes

Spillage of crude product to nearby farmland and eco system.

Agitation from peasant farmers who felt marginalized that wealth from their area is funding the entire

economy of the country while degrading their land and water which is the major source of their livelihood causes the recent incident of illegal refinery.

I was attracted to this incidence when I noticed every morning, that my car is covered with black soot,

Naturally, I move around my house bare footed (a habit am not happy about), and while taking my bath, I noticed my bathtub is completed messed with black substances, in furtherance to that each time I put my finger

In my nostril, I realized the finger is covered with black substances, my curtain and my bed linen is not spared in this black mess. On enquires most people belief that the black soot is a result of incomplete combustion during illegal refining of crude product.

My organization Grassroots Women and Girls Empowerment and Gender Equity Initiatives has held

Several meetings and sensitization programmes to call the attention of the government to this challenging issue. The black soot and related black particles predisposes people to cancer and allied health problem.

The write up is a clarion call for the international community to step in so as to avert a national disaster.

Due to the terrain of the riverine areas it is sometimes difficult for the Nigerian security agencies to tackle this menace as the miscreants can easily navigate the waterways.

Further scientific research is needed to ascertain the health effect of inhaling this black soot so as to avoid a bigger problem in the future.

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Jensine Larsen
Jul 13, 2017
Jul 13, 2017

Dear Jane - 

It is powerful to read about your motivation and your organization - this kind of contamination is deadly, toxic and unjust!  Everyone should have safe environment - and you are doing so much to change this situation.  We need to keep hearing from you and others in your region so we are in the real knowledge of what is happening and how the oil companies are behaving to hold them accountable!  Thank you for your work, for your sensitization programs and your courage.  

JANEKALU
Jul 13, 2017
Jul 13, 2017

Dear Jensine,thank you for your words of encouragement .I really appreciate the time you spare to read my post. You have really given us opportunity to make the world a better place by providing  Worldpulse.

Regards

Jane Kalu

Jill Langhus
Jul 14, 2017
Jul 14, 2017

Hi Jane. Thanks for sharing your troubling story about oil pollution. I hope that your organization is able to create a positive outcome. Please keep us posted on your progress:-)

JANEKALU
Jul 14, 2017
Jul 14, 2017

Dear jlanghus, thanks  for taking your time to read this post.

Regards

Jane Kalu

maeann
Jul 14, 2017
Jul 14, 2017

Hi Jane. Our environment is important. Imagine if we hold our breath for 20 minutes...we cant. We will grasp for air. The same air everybody's breathing should be valued and taken care of...rich or poor are breathing the same air.