• Tony Igele

Reps to debate alleged dumping of suspected toxic waste in Koko today

ABUJA — MEMBERS of the House of Representatives, will today commence debate on the alleged dumping of substances suspected to be toxic in nature in Koko, Delta State.

This was sequel to a motion brought on the floor of the House by Mr. Daniel Reyenieju (PDP, Warri federal constituency, Delta) under matters of national importance.

Presenting the motion, Reyenieju recalled: “In June 1988, a national phenomenon of toxic waste with massive sludge, slurry and carcinogenic waste dump occurred in Koko community, Warri North Local Government Area, Delta State, which led to illnesses, including stomach upset, headache, failing sight and deaths, apart from the environmental damage to the aquatic life of the people then.

House of Representatives “Over two decades after the above infamous dumping of toxic waste in Koko, another toxic and carcinogenic waste dump has occurred in the same community this year.”

He prayed that the House Committees on Environment, Petroleum Resources and Gas Resources to investigate the alleged dumping of the toxic waste and the extent of its environmental impact on the community and report to the House within four legislative weeks.

Seconding the motion, Mr. Ossai Nicholas Ossai, pleaded with his colleagues to see the urgency in Reyenieju’s motion, “considering the fact that the dumped substances are carcinogenous in nature.”

The House unanimously voted in favour of its being taken as a matter of national importance.

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