… as Ubrei-Joe Emerges Chairman
The Isoko Development Union (IDU), a pan Niger Deltan ethnic pressure group, has established a committee to monitor the environment within Isoko landscape.
The committee was inaugurated during the 2021 Isoko annual general conference held at the IDU secretariat, Oleh, on Monday December 27, 2021.
While inaugurating the committee, the President General of the group, Professor Chris Akpotu noted that as the global climate is changing, it was time for the Isoko Community to be proactive thus ensure that the Isoko environment is not thrown into a state of environmental emergency especially as occasioned by the destruction of the Isoko environment by the oil industries, sand miners and loggers.
According to the President General, urgent environmental intervention is needed to assess the Isoko environmental integrity.
He said the need to have a proper documentation and comprehensive state of the Isoko environment is long overdue thus pointing out that the Isoko Environment Monitoring Committee is needed to drive the vision of pollution free Isoko nation so as to leave the ecosystem in a more stable state for the next generation.
Prof. Akpotu stated that this will set a standard for everyone and corporations to live in harmony with the environment.
The committee members as announced and inaugurated by Prof. Chris Akpotu are: UBREI-JOE, Maimoni Mariere as Chairman, Dr. (Mrs) EDEWOR Akpezi Okiemute as Vice Chairman, Mrs. OKIRORO-OTUAGA Praise Ejiroghene as Secretary. Other members of the committee are Mr. ENIGHENO Collins, Mr. ARIGHAKPO Kingdom, Mrs. AKENI Tina Ewomazino, Miss. IDISI Esther Oke, Mr. OBIBI Onamakowho Endurance, Hon. IDOVAH Levi and Mr. GRANDBALL Orerome Joel.
Speaking on behalf of the committee, the Chairman, Mr. Ubrei-Joe Maimoni M. thanked the IDU executive for the initiative in setting up an environment monitoring committee which he described as one of its kind coming from an ethnic group.
He said, though the task is huge, he is confident that the team of experts assembled by IDU is equal to the task.
Ubrei-Joe stressed that his committee will follow up with industries and businesses operating in Isoko for the assessment of their environmental performance and carbon footprints and will come against violators of environmental rights and standards in the region as they would not want Isoko to become a pollution colony.
Before its inauguration as the Chairman of the committee, Ubrei-Joe has worked with Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) for a period of twelve (12) years as a volunteer and staff. Currently, he is a program manager of ERA/FoEN and currently chairs several other committees including the peoples alternative political movement (T-PAP), Delta State Chapter. Ubrei-Joe was a one time National Coordinator of Students Environmental Assembly Nigeria (SEAN) and he has coordinated and still coordinates some climate justice movements in Africa.
The committee has been tasked by the Isoko people to commence with their mandates immediately.