Senate orders remediation of Lead poison ravaged Shikira town

    Lead poisoned water kills children in Shikira town, Niger Delta

    In April 2015, 28 children died in Shikira village, in Rafi LGA of Niger state, after drinking water poisoned by lead.

    The victims had lead levels 17 to 22 times higher than the limits established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

    The access routes to Shikira Village in Rafi local government area of Niger state, is largely un-motorable -which essentially compounded the challenges facing the community.

    The Nigerian Senate has now directed the executive to begin the immediate remediation of Shikira community in Niger State and other communities affected by lead poison in Nigeria.

    The directive was issued on Thursday by the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who consented to a motion moved by Senator David Umaru from Niger State at the Upper House of the National Assembly in Abuja.

    The motion was supported by all the legislators, including Senator Shehu Sani of Kaduna State, who spoke on the damages caused by illegal miners on the people and their environment.

    The Senate also asked the executive to release intervention funds for the affected communities to reduce the effects of lead poison in their environment.

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