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TURNING THE TIDE ON ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION IN THE NIGER-DELTA: BY ADETOYINBO ADEYEMI AND PRINCE OMASANJUWA OSHODI

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Gas flare. Photo: guardian.ng

INTRODUCTION

The quality of the diverse bio-habitat of the Niger Delta has been greatly affected by oil spillage and air pollution. This is as a result of the incessant oil spills in the environment, arising from crude oil exploration, sabotage of oil pipelines and the emission of black soot, owing to the activities of illegal refineries, and petrol chemical plants in the region. The situation raises serious health and safety concerns for the people. Some medical professionals have noted that there has been an increase in the diagnoses of respiratory tract infections largely among children and cancer related illnesses, which are closely associated with the ongoing pollution of the environment. Continue reading

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