As the world celebrates the World Environment Day, a day set aside by the United Nations (UN) to mark the global event, a Pan-Niger Delta group, Save Ijaw Nation Group, also known as SING Foundation, today organised awareness walk aimed at sensitising the public on environmental issues, with the aim of stimulating political attention, public action, and the people’s commitment to environmental preservation.
According to SING, it says commemorating the World Environment Day is always an opportunity for people across the globe, to recognise the value and benefits the environment provides to us and other living creatures within.
In an interview with SING Foundation representative, Dr. Itari Turner said it is using this year’s celebration, which has been themed “Beat Air Pollution” to raise serious awareness on the menacing trend of gas flaring and other oil exploration activities in the Niger delta region of Nigeria. He said It is very worrisome that nearly seventy-seven million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution.
The SING Foundation also used the opportunity of this year’s event to urge governments, Oil companies, manufacturing industries, communities, and individuals to come together to explore options of renewable energy and green technologies, in order to improve air quality in cities and communities across the Niger delta and the country at large.
He further explained that SING is also determined to work with every relevant stakeholder, in order to advance the well-being of humanity through the environment.
“We shall also continue to encourage government, private sector and citizens on the need to galvanising actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet.”
The Sing foundation marched through major streets of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, while it also addressed the people at the popular Mile One market before terminating the walk, at the Isaac Boro park in the city.