A significant amount of natural gas produced in Nigeria is still being wasted despite many deadlines set by the Federal Government to end gas flaring in the country.
Added to the loss are the health challenges associated with the natives of oil producing communities where cancer and other diseases are reportedly endemic.
These are some of the issues the “Save Ijaw Nation Group” wants the Federal Government to address when it embarked on an awareness walk to mark “World Environment Day” in Yenagoa.
Ovieteme George reports that the Associated Gas Flaring Re-injection Act of 1979 set a deadline of 1984 to end gas flaring in Nigeria but thirty five years after the flame still lights up the sky.
The Federal Government has shifted the date to 2020, ten years before the United Nations initiative of ” Zero Routine Flaring” in 2030.
The “Save Ijaw Nation Group” highlights health concerns while the flaring endures.
The World Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership ranks Nigeria second behind Algeria in Africa and sixth largest gas flaring country in
Cancer and related diseases are endemic in oil producing communities of the Niger Delta, but worse still damage to flora and fauna as a result constant pollution.