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Delta State Gov., Uduaghan, Champions Environmental Cause

 

 

Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan

"Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, the Governor of Delta State, has been adjudged by AFRIPOL and the Global Network for Good Governance based in South Africa and Norway as a great respecter of the environment and I am very happy with this", said Jane Davidson, who is the Minister for Environment in Wales, United Kingdom, while she was moderating a session of Governors Global Climate Summit with the theme ‘On the Road to Copenhagen’ organized in California, USA.

Delta state governor, Dr Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, who was the only Nigerian political leader invited to the global summit, canvassed for a restoration of the ecosystem in polluted and environmentally devastated oil-producing communities occasioned by the activities of multinational oil companies operating in the creeks and riverine communities of the Niger Delta region. He expressed his delight to be at that forum to learn from the rich experiences of other state actors and global players on climate change, while at the same time sharing his experiences in Delta State with the rest of the world.

“We are committed to an agricultural green revolution in Delta State", said Governor Uduaghan, who also expressed his government's interest to partner with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in greening our environment, on this new deal for the participating states.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uduaghan called on the international oil companies, including Shell, Chevron, etc to show respect for the environment because the continued devastation and pollution of the environment would greatly impede any meaningful gains that have been recorded in the journey toward global climate change.

 

 

 

Cassava farm above devastated by toxic crude oil after explosion of a well head.

 

 

Populated habitats are often overwhelmed by oil fires

 

 

The couple above pose in front of a homestead in the oil-rich part of Nigeria's Niger Delta. The air, water sources and farmlands in their neighborhood are polluted by nonstop gas flaring, frequent oil and gas fiery explosions and daily oil spills from well heads and thousands of miles of above-surface pipeline network that crisscrosses the entire area.

“We are building a Delta state without oil. ..............  We are committed to an agricultural green revolution in Delta state. But here, we would want to see concrete steps and efforts by Chevron and Shell in protecting our environment from degradation. I have not seen Chevron here at this forum. It would be important for them to be part of this campaign because in Delta state, the activities of the oil companies impact very negatively on our environment." (as shown above) - Governor Uduaghan

 

The international summit was convened by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California state in the US. Leading experts in the field of climate change as well as chief executives of governments, nongovernmental organizations, institutions and private corporations worldwide were invited to participate.

Other members of the climate-change discussion panel included the minister of environment from Algeria and chairperson of the TACC in Africa, Linda Adams, California Secretary for Environmental Protection, Rupert Posner, Director for Australia, The Climate Group, and Stephen Albrechtskirchinger of the World Energy Council.

 

 

 

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