Lagos - The People's Democratic Party (PDP) in
Rivers State has welcomed the announcement by the Presidency to fast-track the clean-up of Ogoniland.
The exercise is part of the recommendations contained in the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Report on the devastation pollution of Ogoniland by oil exploration activities of multinational corporations.
Jerry Needam, spokesperson for Felix Obuah, PDP State chairman, said PDP commended Buhari for not discontinuing a process started by previous administrations, which led to the commissioning of UNEP activities in Ogoni as well as setting up of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP), particularly by the Goodluck Jonathan's administration.
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"The PDP says fast-tracking of the cleanup of Ogoniland as recommended in the famous UNEP report was quite important considering the deteriorating situation in the affected communities in the region, noting that the life of the people of Ogoni, who have contributed much to the sustenance of the country should be paramount and of much concern to any government at all times," said Needam.
The opposition party also viewed the amendment of the structures on the implementation of the exercise in Ogoniland as also relevant to the present time, believing that if the full details of the recommendation were carried out accordingly the government would further be commended for a credible job.
"The Party urges all stakeholders and handlers of the project not to sabotage the good intention of Mr. President in that regard but to ensure that proper work is done according to international specification."
- CAJ News