The Federal Financial Council has authorised the sum of N129.8bn for varied tasks within the Ministry of Niger Delta, significantly the mandate of the United Nations Setting Programme on Ogoni cleanup.
Senior Particular Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, disclosed this to journalists on Wednesday after the Council’s over seven-hour assembly presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on the State Home, in Abuja.
He mentioned the cash would cater for the second part of the Ogoni water venture and the central remediation of newly-identified hydrocarbon-impacted websites.
In August 2011, the United Nations Setting Programme launched its Environmental Evaluation of Ogoniland.
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The report which was commissioned and delivered to the Goodluck Jonathan Administration made suggestions to the then authorities, the oil and fuel trade and communities to start a complete cleanup of Ogoniland, restore polluted places and finish all types of ongoing oil contamination within the area.
The operation was ultimately flagged off in June 2016 by the Vice President with the re-inauguration of the cleanup venture and arrange Hydrocarbon Air pollution Remediation Mission HYPREP to supervise the full rehabilitation of the contaminated and polluted websites of Ogoni communities.
Nevertheless, the method was mentioned to have suffered delays at the same time as 1000’s of Ogonis from its six kingdoms of Babbe, Eleme, Gokana, Ken-Khana, Nyo Khana and Tai are but to see the complete affect of the train.
However talking on Wednesday, Shehu described the assembly as an “Ogoni day” revealed that the Niger Delta Ministry authorised one other N22.8bn for the second part of the Ogoni water venture and N107bn for the central remediation of newly-identified hydrocarbon-impacted websites.
He mentioned, “You can also rightly name immediately as a real Ogoni day as a result of two main contracts had been authorised for Ogoni. And you understand that Ogoni is among the flagships of the Buhari administration. And we’re clearly are conscious that the entire world is watching Nigeria and seeing what we’re doing right here.
“So there are water tasks which have been awarded below the second part in Ogoni land amounting to N22.8bn. Approval was additionally given for the award for the contract for the remediation of newly recognized hydrocarbon impacted websites alongside the shoreline of Ogoni land and that is for about N107bn.”