Healthy Living Depends on the Environment – Bonny Island
Our air, water, and environment are being destroyed yet we want good health. Is that possible?
Our air is heavily polluted by gas flares by multinationals operating in Bonny (Shell, Mobil and NLNG), our rivers and creeks are polluted by kpo fires and oil spills, and the availability of clean drinking water is a challenge. Who is safe? No one is immune to pollution and its effects on health.
We are facing a devastating health crisis, yet we are focusing on construction without adequate health professionals and hospitals to tackle the problem. The IOCs enjoy a peaceful atmosphere that allows business to flourish at the expense of our environment. They therefore need to implement mitigation measures to curb the impending health issues due to their operations.
In a polluted environment, air, and water, we have very few chances of escaping health challenges. Hence, we should take it more seriously. It’s only a matter of time before the physical manifestations.
The following actions must be taken in addition to planting trees: environmental rehabilitation programmes for restoring natural habitats, waste management systems ought to be organized, and Kpo fire operations should be stopped.