Delta State Governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan has said that the absence of reliable data on the pollution in the Niger Delta region of the country was responsible for the inability to clean up the area.
Governor Uduaghan stated this at a town hall meeting, organised by Business Hallmark Newspaper and anchored by a top rated British Broadcasting Service, BBC presenter, Steve Sackur of BBC Hard Talk fame.
He decried the high level of land, sea and air pollution, stressing that apart from Ogoni which pollution evaluation was conducted by the UN, no other data on the pollution of the region has been accepted by the western countries.
According to him, the absence of acceptable and reliable data on the pollution had prevented the International Community from assisting in the clean-up.
Governor Uduaghan expressed dismay over the Federal Government Policy which barred States from distributing power they generate, adding that the policy had stiffened power generation and distribution in the country.
He appealed to oil companies to explore gas production to guarantee adequate gas supply for power generation.
On the Delta Beyond Oil policy of the state government, Governor Uduaghan maintained that the policy would create a brighter future for the state as efforts had been intensified to develop infrastructure to generate investments.
The Town Hall meeting which had ‘’ Nigeria’s road to transformation’’ as its theme, was attended by Governor Peter Obi of Anambra state and Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa-Ibom state.
The Former Secretary General of Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku and business morgues also attended.