FG Shuts Factories In Port Harcourt Over Air Pollution
By Ogbolu George
The Federal Government has declared the air pollution in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, an ‘Emergency Situation’ and has issued a notice to the temporal shut down of an asphalt processing plant.
The Federal Ministry of Environment made this known on Tuesday in a statement.
The ministry said the air pollution has been on for more than eight weeks and has greatly impacted negatively on the air quality in Port Harcourt and its environs.
It said the Federal Government rallied all stakeholders to find a lasting solution to the ugly trend, which, it said, led to the Rivers state Government shutting down the plant.
According to the ministries statement, the sources of the pollution are diffuse and anthropogenic in nature (made-made).
It explained that the preliminary analysis of the soot samples has revealed that the air pollution problem is caused by open air and incomplete combustion of hydrocarbons, burning of wastes and vegetation, burning of tyres, asphalt processing and illegal artisanal refinery operations.
The ministry further urged Port Harcourt residents to remain calm and adhere to safety guidelines, as the government work to protect them and the environment from air pollution.