Ogoni Land: FG Takes Step To Clean Up, Ensure Potable Water

The Ministry of Environment through its Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project has completed Nine Water projects at Ogoni land to ensure potable water for the citizens.

The Minister of Environment Dr. Mahmood Mohammed made this known at a news conference on the report of Ogoni land clean-up project in Abuja.

The minister said the water project was part of government intervention to clean up hydrocarbon contamination as well as taking health inventory of the people in the impacted communities.

According to him “As part of the employment creation drive of HYPREP, 882 community youths have been engaged by Batch 1 remediation contractors, while additional 1118 community youths are being engaged by Batch 2 remediation contractors. Therefore, as of today, a total of 2000 temporal jobs were created in the course of remediation across the four LGAs of Ogoniland besides the numerous indirect jobs that are to be created in the form of trading and support activities.”

“As of today, seventeen Lots have been completed by HYPREP, out of which ten have been closed-out by National Oil Spill Detection Agency NOSDRA.”

According to him, “Certification sampling of three Lots for close-out has been completed, while the other three are awaiting certification sampling for close-out by NOSDRA, the remaining five which are yet to be completed by HYPREP are at various stages of completion,”

Dr. Mohammed who said the relevant agency had certified most of the completed project which includes vocational training and various empowerment programs pledged government commitment to address further pollution of the already cleaned areas.

The Minister hinted that the country is on the verge of assuming the leadership of PAN African Green World to facilitate more funding against desertification.

In 2016, the Nigerian Government flagged off the Ogoniland Clean-up project at Bodo in Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers State, the Government inaugurated the three governing structures of the project namely; the Governing Council, the policy-making organ, the Board of Trustees (BoT) receives and manages the funds of the project and the Project Coordination Office which is responsible for the day to day running of the project.

Florence Adewale/Abuja

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