The Nigerian Association of women journalist Nawoj rivers state chapter has kick started her 2019 press week with the theme “Clean the Niger delta: save our women.
Speaking at the opening ceremony the chairperson of Nawoj Lilian Okonkwo Ogabu said the aim is geared towards drawing the attention of government and multinational companies on the urgent need to clean the Niger Delta as recommended by the united Nations Environment programs UNEP and as promised by the Federal government of Nigeria.
She said at Nawoj, we hope to create awareness on the dangers and effect of air pollution on humans especially the women and children which is the focus of Nawoj.
Also speaking at the event an advocate for the cleanup Niger Delta, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC) executive director, Auwal Musa Ibrahim Rafsanjani called on the Niger Delta residents especially the Ogoni people to demand for accountability in the buildup and all aspects of the cleanup exercise.
He said since the discovery of oil 50 years ago no clean-up has been done to clean up Oil spills that occurred from inception.
He added that the resultant effect of the non-clean up, affects women’s reproductive organs as every vegetable planted in and around the polluted spills site contains 60% of ascorbic acids.
He also explained that 45% of water and food grown and eaten in the Niger Delta has been contaminated.
He said the clean-up exercise should be a source of concerns and moral burden to every well-meaning individual and also the reason to demand for accountability from those saddled with the cleanup exercise.
The event which was chaired by the patron of the parent body of Nigeria Union of journalist (NUJ) Prince Emma Anyanwa also has the governor’s Wife Justice Suzette Wike bagged an award for her numerous contributions towards promoting and enhancing the well-being of women and Children through her Radio programs Rivethics.
The immediate past commissioner of environment Prof Roseline Konya delivered a keynote address on the urgent need to clean up the Niger Delta.
In his contributions chairman of NUJ Stanley Job Stanley called for robust and holistic cleaning of the Niger Delta. He however flayed at women journalist who shunned the event with several excuses. He urged the Nawoj chairperson Lilian to do a review of the theme to accommodate the men who equally suffers the same fate as women due to the damage done and extent of the environmental degradation.