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Ogoni clean-up project will serve as template for others, says Osinbajo


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said that the Federal Government intends to make Ogoni clean-up project serve as a special template for Niger Delta and other parts of the country.

He stated this yesterday at a one-day policy dialogue on the role of stakeholders in United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report held in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Osinbajo, represented by Arukaino Umukoro, also said that with the mobilisation of 21 contractors to site, remediation exercises had commenced there and that clean-up exercise was on course.

He said that the clean-up of Niger Delta region was the first to be carried in the country, stressing that government intends to work with stakeholders to achieve the success of the project.


Also speaking, Acting Executive Director of African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development, Monday Osasah, who urged the government to speed up access to spills’ response, as well as address issues of protracted negotiations to forestall environmental impact, said stakeholders should offer a framework that would make them work in more co-ordinated and mutually reinforcing manner to achieve the overall essence of the UNEP report.

While Legbosi Pyagbara of the Movement for Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), paid tribute to fallen heroes of Ogoni clean-up, Chief Kobani Bere, who spoke on behalf of traditional rulers, urged government to deliver Ogoni people from uncertainty, adding that future of the entire race depends on the clean-up project of the area.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Grace Ekanem of HYPREP said they would soon provide drinking water for the communities.

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