By Anita Uche Ugbejie – Chukwuma

In an effort to sustainably manage the ecosystem in Delta State, the Ministry of Environment has inaugurated members of the Pollution, Prevention and Control Committee in the state.

The Commissioner for Environment in the state, Chief Godspower Asiuwhu, inaugurated members of the committee in the presence of Dr. Mrs Mininim Oseji, Permanent Secretary in the ministry and other staff in his office.

He said the committee was geared towards guaranting health and safety of all Deltans.

Chief Asiuwhu said that members of the committee would be charged with the responsibilities of identifying pollution causative agents, identifying vulnerable and pollution flashpoints across the state, developing appropriate pollution control measures, liasing with relevant MDAs in pollution management, ensuring remediation and restoration of pollution sites, ensuring that polluters paid principle in pollution administration and identifying sources of pollution points and non points sources.

According to him, “the membership is drawn from all professional departments in the ministry with representative of the Delta State Environmental Protection Agency (DELSEPA) and the state counsel in his office, Bar. Betty Adams, as the Legal Adviser, and his Personal Assistant, Mr Oscar Okpokunu as member.

Also speaking, Dr (Mrs) Oseji advised members of the committee to be diligent and professional in the discharge of their duties.

Oseji charged them to always update the ministry with progress and challenges of their activities.

On his part, the Chairman of the committee, Mr Ogirisen Felix, who spoke on behalf of the members, appreciated the commissioner and the Permanent Secretary for the opportunity given them to serve and deliver on the stronger Delta vision of the state governor.

Ogirisen promised to discharge his duties effectively and fulfill the responsibilities given to them in ensuring that the state remained environmentally sustainable.

The Committee had Mrs Omefe Agatha as Secretary; Mr Ozomah Kingsley, Mr Waide Kennedy, Mrs Owivri Patience, Mr Ogholaja Esimi as members.

Two more members would be appointed in due course.

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