The Federal government has indicated that it would launch the kick-off of the Ogoni Clean-up up programme as contained in the United Nations Environment Programme Report (UNEP) on June 2, 2016.
Speaking on behalf of the federal government, the Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Muhammed made this disclosure known on Thursday in Port Harcourt during a courtesy visit to Gov. Nyeson Wike of Rivers.
Represented by Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman, she said the visit was to seek the collaboration of all stakeholders in the exercise.
She said: “The programme is expected to be launched on June 2. It has been designed to be driven by all stakeholders in the region. The essence of this is to ensure that the people of Ogoni and the region at large benefitted from the process.”
Wike, represented by his deputy, Dr Ipalibo Banigo, expressed the willingness of the state government to partner the Federal Government in implementing the UNEP report.
The governor expressed joy at the commitment of the Federal Government in the UNEP report implementation process.
“As a state, we strongly reiterate our support towards the implementation of the UNEP report on Ogoniland.
“We are excited to see the drive of the Federal Government in ensuring that the Ogoni clean-up exercise becomes a reality,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that at the request of the Federal Government, UNEP undertook a study on issues of environmental devastation in Ogoniland.