Federal Government Of Nigeria Finally Explains The Causes Of Soot In Rivers State

The Federal Government has explained that the soot, currently being experienced in Rivers State was caused by activities of illegal oil refiners, bunkers and burning of tyres.
Mr Peter Idabor, Director General of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency disclosed this at the beginning of a Joint Activation and Drill Exercise in Port Harcourt, on Tuesday.
He further attributed the development to activities in abattoirs and kpo-fire (a slang used to describe illegal oil bunkering business ) operators who carry out their illicit activities at night.
“In Port Harcourt, there are over 100 abattoirs and many of these abattoirs use rubber tyres to roast animals while others burn them to extract copper wires.
“Another source of the soot is the heating of asphalt (used for roads) and burning of stolen petroleum products by security agencies.
Idabor said the Ministry of Environment and its affiliated bodies had already held several meetings with law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders to end the soot.
“We have agreed that instead of setting ablaze tankers caught with stolen petroleum product; that it is better to retire the crude oil back to the refineries and oil companies.
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