Niger Delta stakeholders have urged the federal government to establish a Clean Up and Restoration Fund of US$100 billion for Ogoniland and the entire Niger Delta region as a pragmatic step towards achieving the implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme, UNEP, Assessment on Ogoniland Report.
Executive director, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Dr Godwin Uyi Ojo made the recommendation during the celebration of World Environment Day in Abuja yesterday.
While describing the recent public flag-off of the cleanup process of UNEP report in Bodo City, Rivers State, on June 2, 2016, as a welcome development, Dr Uyi stated that a lot needed to be done to instil confidence of the people in the project.
He also asked the federal government to implement the UNEP report recommendations in a holistic manner devoid of selective or manipulated approach, but should be a comprehensive clean up, environmental remediation, including biodiversity restoration and compensation for loss of livelihoods.
According to him, “The FG approach is rather shaky, piecemeal, lacking a holistic approach and without timelines for clean up. In August 2015, the government had promised US$10million for commencement of the cleanup of Ogoni, and an inauguration of the governing council to provide for an institutional framework to drive the process. Unfortunately, these warm words have not been implemented.
“We urge a clear and unambiguous commitment on the part of government and Shell that this process will not be a repeat of its previous modus operandi, where it had become adept at covering up oil spills instead of actually cleaning it.”
He further claimed that five years on from the submission of the report on August 4, 2011, no clean up had taken place in the region while spill sites identified by UNEP remained heavily contaminated despite claims by Shell that it had carried out clean-up operations.
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Source:: Nigerian Pilot