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Assembly urges FG to investigate death of fishes on Delta shore lines

Delta House of Assembly has urged the Federal Government investigate mysterious deaths of fishes along the shore lines of River Forcados and Escravos River in the state.

This followed the adoption of a motion by Mr Emomotimi Guwo, representing Warri South West constituency during plenary on Thursday in Asaba.

Speaking on the motion, Guwor said that Forcados and Escravos Rivers and their tributaries were believed to be under the siege of a yet to be identified disease presently killing fishes along the shore lines of the rivers in Warri South West.

He said that the areas worst hit by the ugly development included Ekemetagbene in Bomadi Local Government Area (LGA), Akparemogbene, Oyangbene and all communities in Ogulagha and Iduwini kingdom in Burutu LGA of the state.

“Other areas affected are the entire Gbaramatu kingdom, all Ugborodo and Orere communities in Warri South West and Ogheye and other communities in Warri North LGA,’’ he said.

Guwor urged the President to direct the federal authorities to protect the biodiversity, conservation and sustainable development of the natural resources and the eco system of the affected communities from total extinction.

He further urged the state governor to direct the Commissioners in charge Ministries of Environment and Oil and Gas to carry out enlightenment campaigns on the health hazards and implications of the consumption of the dead fishes to avoid an outbreak of epidemic in the state.

Supporting the motion, the Majority Leader, Mr Tim Owhefere, said that any damage to the ecosystem called for worry and urged the relevant authorities to urgently address the issue.

The motion was unanimously adopted when put to voice vote by the Speaker, Chief Sheriff Oborevwori.(NAN)

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