The Nigerian government has taken another giant step in its efforts to implement the United Nations Environment Programme report on Ogoni land.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s inauguration of two committees, will help actualize the cleanup of Ogoni land, which has suffered environmental pollution for many years.
They include the Governing Council and the Board of Trustees for the Ogoni cleanup exercise.
Inaugurating the two committees in his office, President Buhari said it was an important step that clearly defined government’s commitment to the full implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme UNEP report on Ogoni land, adding the move would impact on the lives of the inhabitants of Ogoni.
“The is a very important endeavour that has direct impact on the lives and livelihood of our brothers and sisters, whose environment has been severely degraded by years of unchecked pollution from oil exploration activities,” President Buhari stated.
He noted that the inauguration of the committees was coming just two months after the federal government flagged off the implementation of the UNEP report, signaling hope for the people of Ogoni.
President Buhari charged the two committees to ensure probity and transparency in the discharge of their duties, as he urged Ogoni inhabitants and other stakeholders to exercise a lot of patience as the work goes on.
“It will require patience and understanding of the key stakeholders as we move forward. I call upon the local communities, especially our youth who will be the direct beneficiaries of this effort to work with us in ensuring the security of the projects and persons implementing them.
Even more so that we prevent the recontamination of the polluted sites in Ogoni land,” the President appealed.
He stated that the clean up exercise will run for twenty years, with the first five addressing emergency response measures and mediation.
President Buhari said the successful implementation of the cleanup will be a standard for similar ones in the Niger Delta region and the world at large.
The 13-man Governing Council for the Ogoni cleanup has the Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed as Chairman while Mr Oluwale Edun is the Chairman of the 10-man Board of Trustees.