By ibraheemzayn • 27th Jan 2019 • 98 views • 12 comments

Ogoni clean-up activities

The award of contracts for the remediation of some contaminated sites in Ogoni, Rivers State, without the implementation of emergency measures recommended by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), has triggered fresh public outrage.For a people that have over four decades battled with life-threatening ailments, including cancers, respiratory disorders and sundry medical conditions, as well as food safety concerns, the decision of the Federal Government to deviate from the UNEP recommendations is considered unconscionable, stakeholders observe.

The Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), which is saddled with the implementation of the environmental remediation measures proposed by UNEP in the environmental assessment of Ogoni Land, recently awarded contracts to 21 companies to carry out remediation in some of the contaminated sites. Already, 16 of the contractors have commenced works in 16 sites spread across four local councils.

It would be recalled that in August 2011, UNEP’s environmental assessment of Ogoni Land found that oil contamination from over 50 years of oil operations in the area had penetrated deeper than many thought. The restoration of the area after extensive environmental abuse, according to UNEP could prove to be the world’s most wide-ranging and long term oil cleanup exercise ever undertaken, if contaminated drinking water, land, creeks and important ecosystems such as mangroves are to be brought back to full, productive health.

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