…..As Rivers NAWOJ Marks 2019 Week
The Nigeria Association Of Women Journalists marked her press week with the Theme ” Clean up Niger Delta, Save Our Women”
Speaking at the opening ceremony on Thursday, chief Mrs Lillian Okonkwo Agabu, said the aim is geared towards drawing the attention of the government and multinational companies on the urgent need to clean the Niger Delta as recommended by the United Nations Environmental Programs UNEP and as promised by the federal government of Nigeria.
“Also said, At NAWOJ, we hope to create awareness on the dangers and effect of air pollution on the humans especially the women and children which is the focus,” she said.
Meanwhile, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, (CISLAC) has said that an average of 240,000 barrels of crude oil is spilt in the Niger Delta region, yearly.
The Executive Director of the organisation, Auwal Ibrahim Musa, disclosed this during the 2019 NAWOJ Week celebration held at the Ernest Ikoli Press Centre in Port Harcourt, last Thursday.
According to him, the oil spills which are mostly caused by oil exploration activities, led to 60 per cent reduction in household food security and reduced the ascorbic acid content of vegetables by as much as 36 per cent and the crude protein content of cassava by 40 per cent, which could result in a 24 per cent increase in the prevalence of childhood malnutrition.
He pointed out that oil spills have grave health implications as evidence continues to accumulate suggesting that environmental exposures adversely impact human reproductive function.
“Chemical exposures in the workplace, homes, farms and ambient environment have demonstrated effects on women’s reproductive health and concerns have been raised about a broad spectrum of factors that affect women health including social, biological and physical environment”.
The body noted that, although each year, 100s of post-impact assessment (PIA) studies are conducted to assess the impact of the hazards generated by the oil industry on the physical and social environment and human health, most of these studies are conducted without any significant contributions by health professionals and are reported without highlighting the immediate and long term implications of the identified hazards on the health of members of the impacted communities.
The body recommended effective environmental governance in the Niger Delta, stating that it is only through such process that laws, policies and procedures would be implemented to achieve a healthy and sustainable environment in the region.
“It is through good environmental governance that the key stakeholders (government, oil companies, local communities) will be able to perform their roles to ensure a healthy and sustainable environment.
“It is through good governance that we will be able to eliminate conflict and environmental entrepreneurs who feed on the crisis in the Niger Delta.”
He also commended NAWOJ for the choice of the theme of the programme, Clean the Niger Delta, Save our Women, and urged journalists to always highlight the importance of environmental justice in their reports to promote a healthy and sustainable environment in the Niger Delta.
In another development, the general manager of Rivers State Television RSTV, Dafini Gogo Abbey advised women to do exercises to keep fit.
He also noted that exercise makes everyone to be mentally and physically strong.
Dafini Gogo Abbey made the call during the aerobic exercise organized by Rivers NAWOJ 2019 press week.