House to Investigate the Occurrence of Dead Fishes in Brackish waters.
The House of Representatives on Tuesday resolved to investigate the occurrence of dead fishes in the Brackish Water in the Niger Delta region.
They also resolved to ensure public Sensitization and cleanup of the Environment .
This followed the adoption of a motion to that effect sponsored by Rep. Awaji-Inombek D. Abiantefrom Rivers State andfive others at plenary.
In his lead debate Rep Abiante noted with concern the incidences of large quantities of dead fishes floating or washed off on the shores of Bonny-Andoni Rivers and several other communities in the Niger Delta region including Ondo State and Akwa-Ibom State, since March 2020.
He further pointed out that the most common fish species being washed off is croaker, popularly known as ‘Broke Marriage’ or ‘Onah’ in local dialects and are believed to be carried by tidal waves from the high sea to the shores and rivers in the communities.
Rep Abiante said it was worrisome that there has not been any explanation for the strange occurrence except for the strong suspicion of alteration in the natural environment possibly leading to change in temperature, chemical composition, pH, dissolved oxygen etc, due to chemical pollution, environmental disturbance or bacterial infection.
The lawmaker added that he was also concerned that in the last few days, there was another incidence of a massive dead blue whale of several tons washed up around the same Bonny-Andoni shores to the consternation of the people.
He further expressed concern that residents of the affected areas have already been cutting up the dead fishes for domestic consumption while fishermen and traders dried and sold part to unsuspecting customers in Bonny, Andoni communities, Kaa, and Port Harcourt markets and several other areas which may even include Abuja the Federal Capital Territory, despite several warnings on the inherent risks in consuming the fishes;
The House thereafter mandated its Committees on Environment, Healthcare Services and Agricultural Production and Services to investigate the occurrence of dead fishes in Brackish Water in Bonny-Andoni Rivers and serval other communities in the Niger Delta Region and parts of Ondo and Akwa Ibom States and report back within six (6) weeks for further legislative actions.
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