FG probes dumping of toxic waste in Delta

Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

The Federal Government has sent a team of investigators to Koko community in Delta State to investigate the fresh report of alleged dumping of toxic waste in the area.

The Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed, disclosed this while answering questions from State House correspondents on Wednesday shortly after a meeting of the Federal Executive Council.

Mohammed said it was the responsibility of the government team to ensure that no more waste is dumped in the community and find out those behind the incident.

She said, “On the crisis that happened in Delta State, we have sent a team right there yesterday (Tuesday).

“The team is securing the site to ensure no more waste is dumped there.

“The second thing is to find out who has contributed to that so that it can be contained.

“We need to look at how that happened in the first place and then how toxic waste in that area got into water.

“The regulatory agencies are there as we speak and we are expecting a report.”

Thirty years after the controversial dumping of toxic waste in the the community, there are fears that a repeat of the action may be taking place.

Residents of the community had reported sighting containers of what they fear to be toxic waste being dumped in the community.

In 1988, an American company, Calbert Brothers allegedly dumped 3,500 tonnes of toxic waste at Koko town leading to various damaging effects on the community and its residents.

Residents of the community claimed that materials from the vessels that recently arrived the town have been taken for tests which revealed the content to be toxic waste.

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