At a time in my life, I had really taken to criminal Investigation documentaries. They were intriguing and they were eye opening. Under a documentary called Crimes That Shook Britain, there’s one I will never forget. It’s of an 8 year old girl called Victoria Climbie. Victoria was tortured and killed by her great-aunt in 2000. At her autopsy, 128 injuries were found on her body.
The circumstances surrounding her death led to a public inquiry where 108 major changes in the child protection reforms, including the formation of the Every Child Matters initiative, the introduction of the Children Act 2004 and the creation of the Children’s Commissioner.
Victoria wasn’t the first child to die by the hands of her guardian in Britain; she wasn’t even a legal citizen of the country! But the inquiries led the country to see the failures in the child care system and make changes to preserve other children’s lives. It’s a sad story but it produced results. The past should always be learnt from to improve the future.
In the year 1958, Oil was discovered in Nigeria. Since then, the Niger-Delta that houses this oil has undergone some form of environmental degradation and abuse from oils spills and gas flaring. 1970 recorded the first major oil spill in the country.
As part of efforts to preserve the environment, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) says it has succeeded in reducing gas flaring in the Country, by 26 percentage points in the last ten years from 36 per cent to 10 per cent, pushing Nigeria down from the second highest gas flaring nation in 2006 to the seventh position in 2016.
The drastic reduction in gas flaring was achieved through aggressive gas commercialization anchored on the Gas Master Plan by the NNPC. The Gas Master Plan was geared towards addressing four key critical issues of gas availability, infrastructure, commercialization framework and gas affordability.
Flared gases in the atmosphere lead to acid rain that further degenerate the environment. Oil spills and the acid rains from gas flaring continue to contaminate water supply, kill fishes and render farmlands useless. However, our present could have become a lot better than our past, if we had put the right measures in place. We need not loose hope, as the best time to embark on the right path is now.
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