DTSG will collaborate with relevant agencies to protect the environment
Senator Ifeanyi Okawa, the State Governor, inaugurated the River Ethiope Basin Institute (REBI), Abraka, with a pledge to continue providing the necessary support to achieve the goals that were set.
The Governor of Delta State, Senator, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, made the pledge at Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, to commemorate World Rivers Day in Nigeria in 2021.
Senator Okowa, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chief Patrick Ukah, agreed with the World Rivers Day objectives and emphasized the importance of protecting rivers from all forms of abuse.
He stated that the state government had continued to develop and implement people-oriented programs such as fishing, portable water provision, job creation, environmental monitoring, and tourism through the Ministries of Water Resources, Environment, and other relevant agencies.
The Governor commended DELSU Vice Chancellor Prof. Andy Egwuyenga and his team for the initiative to establish the River Ethiopia Basin Institute, which he said will provide research and guidance to address pollution, declining fish production, and other river-related challenges.
In his opening remarks, the event’s chairman, Professor Oladapo Afolabi, emphasized the importance of the Institute and urged the State Government to support the program by creating a special budget to fund the Institute’s activities.
Earlier in his address, Prince Irikefe Dafe, President and Founder of the River Ethiope Trust Foundation, stated that the Institute was established to consider the concepts of life in harmony with Nature and respect for Nature’s rights and to adopt a resolution embracing those concepts.
In a lecture titled “Water Ways in Our Communities and River Rights,” Professor Robert Ikami stated that the celebration of rivers around the world had highlighted the values of rivers, increased public awareness, and encouraged the improvement of all rivers around the world, adding that only recorded service and active participation would ensure their sustainability.
Others who spoke in goodwill messages praised the River Ethiope Foundation and Delta State University for establishing the Institute and emphasized the importance of protecting rivers from pollution and other abuses.
The presentation of awards to various recipients who have contributed to the preservation of the ecosystem, as well as the commissioning of the River Ethiope Basin Institute Office by the Governor’s representative, Chief Patrick Ukah, were highlights of the event.