A bill for the enactment of the Delta State Environmental Conservation Law and other matters connected therewith, has scaled through second reading on the floor of the State House of Assembly.
The lead sponsor and Member Representing Warri South-West constituency, Dennis Emomotimi Guwor, who led debates on its merits, said the bill would put the 7th Assembly in the annals of history as the House that saw tomorrow.
Guwor said the bill which is made up of seven parts, fifty clauses and seven schedules, seeks to provide for the management of the environment in respect to the conservation of the bio-diversity and the ecosystem.
It also seeks to set aside funds for the financing of the government afforestation programs, protect and preserve species both animals and plants that are near extinction as well as constitution of green areas as game reserve in the state.
The Lawmaker pointed out that the issue of conservation of the environment has become a global phenomenon, especially in this era of climate change as a result of the ozone layer depletion, explaining that the resources being talked about are non-renewable and could be extinct at any time.
According to Guwor, the proposed law is for generations yet unborn to enjoy the natural resources, disclosing that clause three of the bill provides for the establishment of Environmental Conservation Department and Appointment of Scientific Officers to be known as Environmental Conservation Officers.
The Warri South West Representative, hinted that clause seven of the bill prohibits as unlawful acts for anybody to enter into a biodiversity reserve for the purpose of mining and other activities without the permission of the appropriate authority.
The Lawmaker said damages to any plant species in the red list, shall be liable to two years’ imprisonment or ten thousand naira fine per stump.
He disclosed that the Bill also provides that whoever purchases, sells or possesses any plant in the red list, commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to one-year imprisonment or a fine of ten thousand naira or both.