Rivers State Government has set up a Task Force to tackle the black
soot polluting the atmosphere of Port Harcourt and its environs.
The Task Force is mandated to investigate and resolve the
environmental challenge.
This was part of the resolutions of the State Executive Council
meeting on Wednesday at the Government House, Port Harcourt Executive
Council Chambers chaired by Governor NyesomEzenwoWike.
The Task Force to investigate the Black soot has the Commissioner of
Environment, Prof. Roseline Konya, Commissioner of Special Duties, Mr.
EmekaOnowu and the Commissioner of Information, Dr. Austin Tam-George
as members.
The Committee which will be backed by technical experts will liaise
with major stakeholders to resolve the environmental challenges posed
by the black soot.
Briefing the media after the Executive Council meeting, Wednesday
Commissioner of Information, Dr. Austin Tam-George stated that the
resolution was reached after the Commissioner of Environment,
Professor Roseline Konya had briefed the Exco on the preliminary
results of its Ministerial investigation.
Also on Wednesday, the Rivers State Executive Council approved the
purchase of hi-tech equipment for the Braithwaite Memorial Hospital at
the cost of $10.5 million even as the council resolved in ensuring
that all the General Hospitals being rehabilitated are duly equipped
to create access to qualify healthcare for the people.

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