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University Dons have been suing the Niger Delta for swift environmental cleanup and justice to avert the looming mass extinction in the troubled oil-rich region, as unsustainable oil exploration activities and government neglect still pose a threat to the region’s lives and the environment , which continues to be negatively impacted.

The scholars claimed that despite sufficient media attention to pollution in the region, the oil companies and government still need to take decisive action to address the problems, stating that the government’s inaction was due to Nigeria’s center of power, Abuja, which was far from the affected environment.

They therefore called for more media attention to the ongoing environmental degradation in order to continuously draw the attention of the government and oil companies to immediate action.

The three university scholars from the University of Port Harcourt and River State University spoke on the topic “Despoliation, Power and Redress: Issues in Communicating the Environment” as part of program activities at the West Africa Regional Hub, Port Harcourt. the 72nd International Communication Association (ICA).

The global conference of communication scholars, educators and practitioners took place in Paris, France on May 26-30, 2022 along with 11 regional hubs, of which Port Harcourt is the regional hub headquarters in West Africa. The regional hubs joined virtually.

The session was moderated by Ekaete George, Regional Center organizer and PhD student in Communications, University of Port Harcourt, who guided the panel members through the discussion where Dr. Obari Gomba, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts, University of Port Harcourt, of Department, Journalism and Media Studies, River State University, Dr. Barigbon Nsereka and Dr. Mina Ogbanga, also from the University of Port Harcourt.

Ogbanga called for educating social workers and young people about environmental protection, arguing that if people knew early on the impact of their actions on the environment, they would be careful about it.

She gave an example of illegal refineries in the Niger Delta, locally dubbed “Kpo fires,” spreading soot to pollute the environment, saying if these people who pollute the environment knew the damage they were doing, they would they stop.

Nsereka argued that journalists are doing their best but that they need to do more to report on environmental degradation issues until the main beneficiary, the government, which also has the power to turn the tide, pays enough attention to them remedy.

He said journalists from the affected communities would most likely do a better job of reporting because, unlike others, they were directly affected.

He also stated that the federal government has been lax in addressing the impact of oil activities in the region or in regulating the oil companies since the center of Nigeria’s political power is far from the affected Niger Delta area.

He argued that journalists should adopt an activist style of reporting, and not just a development communication approach, to cover environmental issues.

Nsereka also noted that Nigeria is plagued by triplets of greed, corruption and general indiscipline, adding: “Those who should benefit from the oil resources are denied and there are those who want to benefit from the wealth of the Niger Delta, but who do not want to suffer what those who live in the Niger Delta suffer. Olusegun Obasanjo said the oil in the Niger Delta belongs to Nigeria, but not every Nigerian suffers from pollution (as a result of oil activities) in the Niger Delta. Some of the things to consider when reporting on the environment include passion and prejudice and feelings about the environment.”

“Those who report on the environment and its destruction should be passionate and it should not be done by those who are not from the environment. Media should not rest on its oars; it should speak passionately about the environment.”

Gomba, who has just won a major African poetry prize for his poetry collection The Lilt of the Rebel and whose poetry has focused heavily on the stricken environment of the Niger Delta, lamented that the world’s environment has always been on the receiving end of the insatiable greed of the People seek wealth accumulation regardless of it, adding that man “benefits from the environment”. When you have accumulation and control, you abuse the environment.”

He called for all art forms, from literature, fine arts (painting), film and photography, “to be involved in communicating the environment to government and the global community, which should pressure government to act,” he added : “Environmental issues dismantling, (Nigeria’s political) power seems to be deaf” (because it is unaffected) and said that this is the only reasonable explanation why environmental justice and remediation measures have not been taken in all the years that environmental activists and affected communities have been shouting have been fooled.

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