Oil Companies contribute $1bn for Ogoniland Clean-Up Project – Minister

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International Oil Companies operating in the Niger Delta region have contributed $1 billion to the ongoing clean-up and restoration program of Ogoniland.

Minister for Environment, Muhammad Abubakar revealed this at a Press Conference in Abuja on the Ogoniland Clean-Up project on Wednesday.

In June 2016, the federal government flagged off the Ogoniland clean-up project at Bodo in Gokana local government area of Rivers State.

Abubakar  explained that the restoration effort in the region has been at a slow pace, due to the need for a thorough clean-up of the area.

He further dispelled rumours that the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) has a vested interest in the Clean-Up project.

The minister also disclosed that about 2,000 temporary jobs were created in the course of the project in the four council areas of Ogoniland, besides the indirect jobs in the form of trading and support activities.

He further stressed that the Federal Government would soon extend the exercise to other states of the Niger Delta region, explaining that the ongoing remediation was the flagship of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

 




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