* Charges journalists to track the right authority to act
The right authority must take responsibility and end soot and illegal refining (kpo-fire). The press must rise up and lead the populace to track the right authority that must act.
These were the charges on Sunday by the General Overseer of Abundant life Evangel Mission (ALEM), Apostle Eugene Ogu, when members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Rivers State gave thanks at his church to mark the end of the Correspondents Week.
The GO said the proper authorities have kept mute over the years and declared that the Federal Government has the capacity to stop the pollution of the atmosphere in Rivers State but has deliberately refused to do so.
This is as the commended members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Rivers State, for their commitment to fight against environmental injustices in the Niger Delta region.
The cleric said: “There is lack of commitment to the problem facing the masses of this country. Government has the capacity to stop the Soot in just one day.
“The government has the capacity to stop any of its agencies that is involved in the menace of Soot in Rivers State. If it is the Police that is involved, government can stop it. If it is the Army, government can stop it and if it is the Navy, government can stop it.”
He called on the media, especially members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the NUJ to be commitment to the reportage of the menace of Soot and other environmental challenges facing the state and the Niger Delta region.
Ogu said: “Your profession does wonders around the world. Great Press cannot be compromised; great press does investigative journalism. Great press are not influence by bribe, by money or any kind of influence to say what is right.
“The press needs to give 24 hours commitment to this menace called soot. The press should not just talk or write about it, follow the Ministry of Health until we know what they are doing about it”
Earlier in his remarks, chairman of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the NUJ in Rivers State, Chief Ernest Chinwo, said the group came to thank God for guidance and protection all through the year, especially during the 2019 general elections in Rivers State and the November 16, 2019 governorship election in Bayelsa State.
Chinwo said the 2019 Press Week was devoted to raising awareness and getting stakeholders on issues of environment as it affects Rivers State as well as the ongoing clean-up of Ogoniland.