Ogoniland clean-up needs planning, professionalism, says expert
The cleanup of Ogoniland and other parts of the Niger Delta needs strategic planning and professionalism in order to achieve the desired result, going by the position of a Professor of Environmental Engineering and Science, Hilary Inyang.
Inyang, who is of Duke Energy said the different sites have to be properly identified and categorised, especially as they have different risks.
According to him, due processes, including the creation of a cleanup fund, contribution of the Federal Government and other stakeholders have to be made in advance.
Inyang said many parties, particularly operators, communities and volunteers also need to be mobilized in the process.
He however noted that more revelations would be made on the strategies at the 2016 IECL World Environment Day forum scheduled for June 3, at the Nigeria – German Business Association House, Lagos.
He said the challenges that stare the region, and by extension the nation in the face are complex, which call for appropriate diagnoses and execution in order to accomplish set objectives.
“I have undertaken several expeditions and studies in the region in the past few decades. I have also been involved in other regions around the world and would like to share my thoughts with the audience.”
Indeed, there are a lot of things to place before the attendees and others at the important event. It would be good for anyone to miss this event,” he added.
The former Vice Chancellor of University of Benin, Professor Grace Alele Williams said that the environment remains a very important resource which should be utilised and preserved for future generations.
The minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu and the Chairman of International Energy Services Limited, Dr, Diran Fawibe would attend as Guest of Honour and Chairman respectively.
Other speakers lined up for the programme include professor Lawrence Ezemonye, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Administration), University of Benin, among others.
who would speak on the roles of habits, hobbies and occupations in the extinction of wildlife in Nigeria and other African nations.
General Manager, Policy, Government and Public Affairs, Chevron Nigeria Limited, Deji Haastrup, is expected to speak on Conservation as Key to Protection and Preservation of Environment: Sharing the Nigerian Conservation Centre experience, Ms. Dorathy Bassey of the Department of Petroleum Resources would speak on Ecological Fund: understanding the issues, risks and opportunities.