Dumping causes severe threat to rivers in Nigeria


Gladys Nweke

An environmental right group in Nigeria, the Foundation for the Conservation of Nigerian Rivers (FCNR) has frowned at the indiscriminate dumping of refuse into the creeks in Rivers State, saying this damages aquatic lives in rivers across the state.

The Executive Director of the foundation, Irikefe Dafe, in a statement to mark the 22nd annual International Day of Action for Rivers said many rivers like River Niger are drying up. He said many of the world’s rivers face severe and increasing threats associated with climate change, pollution, and industrial development.

Dafe stated that the group shall be marking the International Day for Rivers through a lecture to be delivered by on 20th March to Nigeria Environmental Society (NES ), Rivers State Chapter, with the title, ‘Achieving Legal Rights for River Ethiope: The Journey so far.’

Dafe added that rivers can generate enough revenue for the country when we take good care of them. He noted that rivers are part of the criteria used by FIFA (Federation of International football Association) and International Olympic Committee (IOC) to choose countries to host sporting events.

The International Day of Action for Rivers is a day dedicated to solidarity – when diverse communities around the world come together with one voice to say that rivers matter.

Silver News reports that the theme of 2019 Rivers Day is ‘Celebrating Women’s Role in Protecting Rivers’.