Greetings to the peace-loving people of Rivers State, and welcome to another episode of Rivethics on Radio, our character-building weekend show. Please remember that environmental pollution is a serious incurable disease. It can only be prevented. Our topic today is Environmental Responsibility and the Black Soot Challenge in Rivers State.
Environmental degradation and pollution are global challenges that have been recognised by the international community and individual nations as critical and closely related factors to all the other major challenges of the human race, for example, health and well-being, economic empowerment, etc.
While some powerful members of the global community play down on the threat of environmental pollution (obviously for political gains), we in Rivers State are living witnesses that certain unhealthy environmental practices could lead to very serious health consequences capable of spelling doom for millions of people.
The advent of the black soot in our beautiful Garden City and its environs, has been a major source for concern for residents, health professionals and environmentalists. Many fear the long term effect of the continued onslaught of this microscopic particles which have been identified as capable of causing multiple health conditions for over 6 million people, especially the weak and vulnerable members of the society, like women, children, the elderly, the disabled, the sick, etcetra.
So far, it is common knowledge that both the Federal and State governments have placed this black soot problem on the front burner. There has been a lot of discussions and it is apparent that all hands are on deck to find a quick end to the menace. While we await the results of these measures, we must all resolve to minimize the impact of the black soot on our individual health.
I use this forum to call on Rivers people to become very well-informed about the black soot problem and how to avoid harm by increasing your personal hygienic practices of washing your hands regularly, washing your foods, fruits and vegetables thoroughly, cleaning the house and environs (including mopping dusty surfaces and cleaning air conditioner vents), wearing clothes that cover the body adequately, having regular showers, etcetera. Parents, community heads, church leaders and youth mentors should take personal interest in ensuring that our children adhere strictly to these ideals in order to guarantee their safety, good health and well-being during this period of environmental emergency in our dear State.
Our guest speakers today are Mr. Robinson Tombari Sibe, an education specialist and Mr. Eugene Abels, a social advocate and change agent. They will both throw more light on this topic. Please enjoy the episode.
Our caring Rivers People, please remember to always let your manners speak for you.
God bless and keep you and your families and God bless Rivers State.
Her Excellency, Justice (Mrs.) Eberechi Suzzette Nyesom-Wike, The Wife of the Governor of Rivers State and Initiator of the RivEthics Character Development Programme.
You can also listen to and download the Pidgin English version of this Episode below