Toxic Waste Dumped in KOKO, Delta

The desperation to make money at the expense of the environment is forcing dubious people to do the unthinkable. Recently in Ugbolu community in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta, waste products suspected to be very dangerous toxic substances was dumped near a major road in the area.

This action has hampered the efforts of the Delta State Government to create a healthy environment. The suspected industrial waste, it was gathered, was secretly dumped along the Ugbolu axis of the Asaba/Ebu/Abuja Road recently by a truck, belonging to one of the cement companies plying the road.

The suspected waste is neatly sealed in cement bags and dumped few meters from the road, where innocent pedestrians, mostly farmers, reportedly residing in farm settlements (camps), situated few metres away from the scene, have been helping themselves with the bagged substance.

According to our respondents, the farmers usually get in contact with the suspected health-threatening substance, ignorant of its suspected harmfulness.

The victims both from the Ugbolu community and the nearby farmers’ camps have repeatedly got closer to the waste, in their quest to collect the cement bags used to package the fine-looking texture powdered substance.

Gov Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State

The Pointer news further learned that some of the farmers ignorantly used the contaminated bags to carry their harvested crops to their homes and markets, and, in the process potentially spreading the suspected dangerous substance to the larger public.

It will be recalled that some unknown interests had dumped similar waste materials three years ago in three communities along the road.

The perpetrators dumped the said substance some years ago along the Delta State University, Anwai Camp, Asaba, IIIah and Ebu portions of the Asaba/Abuja Road, but the swift intervention of the State Ministry of Environment, which carefully evacuated it saved the situation.

However, all the efforts made to reach the DELSEPA management, saddled with the responsibility to handle such an issue, for reaction proved abortive. But when contacted, the Director of Sanitation in the State Ministry of Environment, Mr. Lucky Adun, promised to wade in.

In the same vein, the State Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Chris Onogha, in a telephone interview, expressed surprise at the development but said that he would immediately order the Director of Environ¬ment to carry out an investigation for further actions.