Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers says that the state is will establish a centre to recycle used tyres and organic waste material to stop soot.
Wike told newsman on Tuesday in Port Harcourt that the state government was also discussing with experts on other environmentally friendly ways to end the perennial hydrocarbon emissions in the state.
“We support the destruction of illegal refineries, but while doing this, we shouldn’t do it in a manner that would destroy lives and depopulate the state,” he said.
The governor urged security agencies to adopt other environmentally friendly methods in the destruction of illegal refineries and bunker sites in the state.
The governor said that his administration had also started sensitising the people on ways to reduce the effect of soot in their homes.
“If you enter my room, everywhere is black, and so, it also affects me. We are all into this together,” he said.