FG Committed to Cleanup of Ogoniland
The federal government is duly committed to the implementation of the report of the United Nations Environment programme (UNEP) on the proposed cleanup of oil-impacted communities in Ogoniland, Rivers state.
The Director-General / Chief Executive Officer (DG/CEO) of the National Oil Spill Detection and response Agency (NOSDRA), Sir peter idabor, made the declaration when he received in his office in Abuja the representatives of movement for the Survival of Ogoni people (MOSOP), Proffessor Ben Naanew, the chairman of Provisional Council of MOSOP, and His Royal Highness Suanu T.Y Bariidam (JP), the Gbenemene Bangha 11 and member of the Provisional Council of the association.
The DG informed them that ahead of the cleanup project, NOSDRA had received a contingent of traditional rulers and leaders of thought from their area who had expressed their concerns and aspirations in the project. Sir Idabor stated that based on the mandate of NOSDRA as directed at management of all oil spill incidents in the country, the agency had played a central role in the presidential Committee to understudy the implementation of the UNEP report.
He disclosed that the agency had carried out thorough research on the implementation plan of the Oganiland cleanup project, adding that the plan was very robust and that the steering committee will involve traditional rulers from the area and other stakeholders that will give rise to technical committee, which will be made up of experts like NOSDRA, which will be responsible for engaging those who will execute the project.
The DG also remarked that as part of the project, NOSDRA was exploring avenue of enlisting the support of the Presidential Committee on the Implementation of the Amnesty Programme in the Niger Delta to enable the agency train some Ogani Youths on oil spill management.
Abuja, Friday, March 2, 2012-04-302