Indigenes of Nkoro town in Opobo/Nkoro Local Government Area of Rivers State have continued to lament the activities of illegal refiners in neighboring communities which have affected the aquatic life in their community.
The people, who are predominantly fishermen and women, said the action of these artisanal refiners has affected their means of livelihood.
A community leader, Amaopusenibo Steve Orubienimigha, who spoke on behalf of his people said aquatic life in the community has been degraded.
He pleaded with the government to provide alternative means of livelihood for their youths and by implication protect the environment for the future generation.
He said, “Environmentally we have challenges, growing up we were able to see things like periwinkles and other seafood around the shore areas but as a result of bunkering, those things are no more available and it’s been affecting the community generally.
“Things like crayfish if you go round it will be difficult to catch what you can use for your family talk more of the one for sale.
“We have been pleading with our youths to at least think of the skills they can have instead of doing those kinds of things. But actually, our boys don’t do those it, it is from our neighboring communities that’s while it affects us”.
Another indigene of the Nkoro community added, “this bunkering of a thing is really affecting the fishes here.
“Another respondent lamented that “anytime it rains the water is black and is no longer conducive for drinking”.