Source of Dangerous Soot in Rivers still Unknown

Despite efforts by the Government of Rivers State to end the rain of black soot in the state,  the source has remained unkown. However, the Government is not resting on its ores.

In late December 2016, the Government set up a task force comprising experts from Ministries of Environment and Health and professionals to resolve issues around the soot and its source. Samples were collected from Abuloma area and Peter Odili area of PH in two time frames; 12midnight – 6am and 6am – 8am

Particulate Matter Size;
– Average of 270 micron/m3 for Abuloma & Peter Odili area between 12midnight – 6am
– Abuloma area 6am -8am; 125 micron/m3
– Peter Odili area 6am -8am; 62 micron/m3
Acceptable size is 25 micron/m3

Chemical substance:
– Additive for making tyres
– Nickel – high
– Lead – Low
Test shows that soot is petroleum based as a result of incomplete combustion of petroleum products

Suspected source of soot:
– Refineries
– Petro Chemical companies
– Activity of Illegal refineries
– Gas flaring
– Burning of tyre (to access copper imbedded in the tyres)

The report as monitored indicates that the activity mainly takes place at night which may indicate that the source of the soot will likely be from an illegal activity.

Pending when the source of the soot is uncovered, people living in Rivers State have been advised to abide by the following instructions:
– Cover all foods
– Don’t drink rain or exposed water
– Don’t eat expose roasted plantain and Suya
– Don’t expose your skin especially at night
– Keep doors and windows closed
– Mop floor regularly
– Keep children indoors and away from the floor
– Use nose mask (if intensity of soot is much in your area)
– Asthmatic persons to take extra care

Please find below Emergency number you can call for complains and information on the source of the soot;
– 0806 576 8366
– 0803 662 1345
– 0803 750 3473

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