Uduaghan Decries Dumping Of Outdated Technologies In Nigeria
SAN FRANCISCO, April 29, (THEWILL) - Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has decried the act of industrialization by some countries of the world without considering the effects of such industrialization on the environment.
In particular, he condemned the dumping of outdated technologies in Nigeria by the developed countries which he noted was impacting negatively on the climate.
Speaking on Monday in Asaba when he received a delegation of climate change experts who were on study tour of the state, the Governor said the State was concern and committed to issues of the environment and the climate.
He said a situation where most outdated and harmful technologies end up in Africa and other developing countries especially, Nigeria is not acceptable, disclosing that it was one of the reasons his administration banned commercial motorcycles popularly called Okada in major cities of the state.
"Technologies that are not environmental friendly are brought to Africa," Governor Uduaghan said, adding, that most of the equipment that were brought from the Far East are not friendly to the environment.
"There are countries that are committed to industrialization but how they industrialize does not matter to them, hence our resolve to do everything to protect and preserve our environment.
"In Delta State, we are taking the issues of climate change in different strides, we are taking the issues of advocacy seriously at different communities, especially the issue of slash and burn," the Governor emphasised.
He disclosed that communities in the state are being made to understand that what they burn in their farms can be turned to manure and used to make their soil more fertile.
Head of the Delta State Climate Change team, Mrs. Felicia Adum said the Territorial Approach to Climate Change (TACC) seeks to aid vulnerable communities on the impact of climate change to enable them adjust and engage in environment-friendly actions.
Climate change experts, including Dennis Welch, Prof. Rosemary Okoh observed that it is important to protect the environment and reduce gas emission, adding that it is advantageous to walk than use of vehicles.