Black Soot in Port Harcourt & Other Headlines

illegal Refineries Are Causing The Damage

The Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria has called on the federal and Rivers State governments to urgently put an end to illegal refineries, which are causing soot in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The senior staff trade union said the soot, in the form of thick black smoke covering the city, could be the root cause of some of the respiratory problems being experienced by residents of Port Harcourt.

In a statement signed by its National Public Relations Officer, Mr. Fortune Obi, PENGASSAN stated that the development was not getting any serious attention because most of the people affected seemed unperturbed, noting that the soot had been confirmed by experts to be carcinogenic.

“The black soot settles on everything and finds its way into the corners of living rooms no matter how hard people try to stop it. Food items in Port Harcourt markets are as well not spared from getting mixed with this deadly soot that is ever present everywhere,” Obi stated.

Another $202m belonging to NIA missing

The House of Representatives Committee on National Security and Intelligence has said that another $202m belonging to the National Intelligence Agency is unaccounted for and must be recovered by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

The committee, which is chaired by an All Progressives Congress lawmaker from Zamfara State, Mr. Aminu Sani-Jaji, had investigated the $43m which the EFCC recovered from a building at Osborne Road, Ikoyi, Lagos, in 2017.

The money, later identified to belong to the NIA, is now in the custody of the Federal Government on court orders, while the EFCC continues with the prosecution of the case.

But, the House committee stated that its investigations showed that another $202m was uncounted for or ‘missing.’

The committee’s report, which The PUNCHobtained on Sunday, indicated that the NIA collected a total of $289m as intervention funds during the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan.

When will the real owners of this country called NIGERIA come and collect their land?

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