‘Militants’ activities damaging Niger Delta’

Iliyasu Zwal, the Senior Special Assistant on State Legislative Affairs to the Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has appealed to Niger Delta militants to consider the effects of their activities on their own environment.

Making the call in Bauchi on Thursday during an interview, Zwal reminded the militants that each time they destroyed oil facilities, their environment was the first victim.

“Whenever there is destruction of oil facilities, the problem of pollution in their environment is worsened as the air, water and soil are affected.

“The situation is even capable of triggering outbreak of diseases, just as farming and fishing activities are adversely affected,” he said.

He explained that whatever efforts were being made by the Federal Government to address the environmental problem of the region, were being negated by activities of the militants.

Zwal, who was also the Chairman of Committee on Defense and Security in the seventh Bauchi House of Assembly, admonished the militants to embrace dialogue as the Federal Government was willing to negotiate for peace to reign.

He also enjoined elders in the Niger Delta to prevail on their youth to embrace dialogue in the interest of the region and the country at large.

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