The bombing of oil pipelines and installations by the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) has worsened the environmental degradation of the Southsouth, the Minister of Niger Delta, Usani Uguru Usani, said yesterday.
He described the activities of militants as counterproductive and “harmful”.
The minister spoke in Abuja against the backdrop of reports that the Avengers claimed responsibility for another round of bombings in Warri, Delta State.
Usani said: “I must say that the environment is ours and destroying it will not do us any good.
“Imagine the Ogoni reclamation is going to take 30 years, yet we have not learnt.
“Rather than support President Muhammadu Buhari to do more, we are adding to the destruction of the environment, our ecosystem, fresh water and aquatic lives”.
The minister pointed out that the United Nations Environmental Report (UNEP) had not received the attention of previous administrations but just a year after his inauguration, President Muhammadu Buhari began its implementation.
“I can say that the Niger Delta region is benefiting more under the APC regime led by President Buhari than it benefited from any other regime”, he said.