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"State must assume responsibility for terrible environmental situation in Gabes" (Marzouki).

GABES, (TAP)- Caretaker President Moncef Marzouki, on Thursday, said the environmental situation in the city of Gabes is "considered disastrous" and the state "must assume its responibility and swiftly address the situation."

He said he was convinced that the "environmental projects prepared by the Tunisian Chemical Group (GCT) will in 2015 reconcile the region with its environment and end the sufferings of the residents."

During his visit Thursday to the Governorate of Gabes, Marzouki called for unifying the efforts of all authorities, civil society and citizens to find a solution to the problem of phosphogypsum to end sea pollution by this product that can be upgraded.

He said that the "time when presidential visits hided the truth has gone" and "time has come for the Governorate of Gabes to know about the reality of the environmental situation and show solidarity with the residents of Gabes."

"It is time to corrrect these environmental fallacies " and repair what he described as "a state crime against the region of Gabes," he noted.

During this visit, Marzouki visted the phosphogypsum dump site in the indusrial area where he was briefed by CEO of GCT Mohamed Nejib Mrabet on the economic situation of this company and programmes it is preparing to resolve the problem of sea and air pollution and streamline the exploitation of the water table and the time-frame of these projects.

According to this presentation, contracts are being signed to improve the ammonia gas that emanate from the two production units of diammonium phosphate (DAP) by adding a washing system with funds estimated at 16 million Tunisian dinars (MTD).

In addition, the third quarter of this year will see the signature of contracts related to the project on the integration of the double-pressure technque in the sulphuric acid production unit, with investments estimated at 45 MTD as well as a project to eliminate ill-smelling gas emissions from phosphoric acid production units.

The GCT will also set up sOon a industrial unit that will help it exploit 3,000 m3 of water from the Gabes purification station on a daily basis, pending the creation of a processing unit with a capacity of 10,000 m3 per day, as part of this project with a cost estimated at 5 MTD.

On the celebration of the World Environment Day, the Caretaker President attended the event "I Want to Live 3" organised by the association "Nheb Na'ich" (I want to live) which calls for the elimination of pollution and ensuring a healthy life to residents in Gabes.

He also held a meeting in the Culture House in Metouia with civil society representatives on development issues in the Governorate of Gabes.

Participants stressed the need to address the environmental issue in a serious way, promote the health sector and provide suited conditions to boost investment.

President Marzouki had started his tour in the Governorate of Gabes by a site visit by helicopter in the delegation of Hamma where he learnt about the damage caused in the agricultural area by the heavy rains that fell in the recent days.

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