By G9ija

Rivers State government has sealed off a Chinese Govt Company, CGC, in Aluu, over “aggravated air pollution, and breach of environmental laws” in the state.

The announcement is contained in a statement by Commissioner of Information and Communications, Austin Tam-George.

Tam-George said two other companies – H & H Engineering Company and AUC Asphalt Company – located in Aluu have also been sealed off.

He said the directors of the sealed compnaies would face prosecution according to the law.

The statememt reads: According to”This is to inform the public that a Chinese construction company, named CGC, located on the Obirikwere-Airport Link Road has been shut down on Friday, the 10th of February, 2017, by the Rivers State Task Force on the Black Soot.

“The Asphalt plant was found to be producing thick black smog out of the furnace in the process of burning Asphalt, heavily polluting the air.

“The Asphalt plant was immediately shut down by the task force. All the directors of the company will be prosecuted according to the law.

“The Task Force wishes to warn all individuals and companies that engage in practices that pollute the air and ruin the environment to desist immediately, or face the full consequences of their actions.

“While Rivers State remains open for business, the State Government is fully committed to the implementation of the United Nations (UN) declarations on the importance of fresh air, and the creation of sustainable livelihoods in our communities.

“The public is therefore advised to cooperate with the Task Force, by providing useful information on the Black Soot”.

Residents of Port Harcourt have been complaining of emission of a black soot into the atmosphere by unknown persons or companies, which prompted the state government to set up a task force to investigate the issue.