Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has approved several actions to fast track the implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Report on the environmental restoration of Ogoniland.
According to his spokesperson, Femi Adesina, this is in keeping with his avowed commitment to working for the development and well-being of all Nigerians.
Adesina said Buhari approved the measures based on recommendations to him by the Executive Director of UNEP, the UNEP Special Representative for Ogoniland, Permanent Secretaries of the Federal Ministries of Environment and Petroleum Resources, and other stakeholder.
Recommendations include the amendment of the Official Gazette establishing the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP) to reflect a new governance framework comprising a Governing Council, a Board of Trustees and Project Management.
Adesina added that the President further approved that the HYPREP Governing Council should be composed with one representative from Ministry of Petroleum Resources, one representative from Federal Ministry of Environment, one representative from Impacted States (Rivers), four representative Oil Companies and NNPC, two representatives from Ogoniland and one representative from the United Nations System.
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Adesina said a Project Manager will head the secretariat.
The new implementation template has been evolved at the instance of Buhari.
The environmental clean-up of Ogoniland will commence in earnest with the President's inauguration of the HYPREP Governing Council and the Board of Trustees for the Trust Fund.
The Ogoni are one of the many indigenous peoples in the region of southeast Nigeria. They number about 1.5 million people and live in a 404-square-mile (1 050 km2) homeland which they also refer to as Ogoni, or Ogoniland. The Ogoni rose to international attention in the 1990safter a massive public protest campaign against Shell Oil, led by the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP).
- CAJ News