Ogoni cleanup: Why FG should begin now – Ecologist



    Ogoni land, polluted with oil spills
    Ogoni land, polluted with oil spills

    By Deji Abdulwahab

    An ecologist, Mr Dennis Ugwuja has appealed to the Federal Government to fast-track the clean-up of oil spill in Ogoni land, Rivers.

    Ugwuja, additionally the Executive Director of Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Initiative (CCMAI), an NGO, made the attraction on Wednesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

    According to him, the Federal Government ought to speed up the implementation of the Report on Environmental Assessment of Ogoni land.

    The ecologist stated that the Report, which was inaugurated in 2011 by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP), was additionally handed over to the Federal Government for implementation.

    The ecologist recalled that the report beneficial, amongst different issues, that the Federal Government ought to start quick clean-up of oil spill in Ogoni land.

    “Having rigorously studied the oil spill and clean-up initiatives of Gulf of Mexico and the Exxon Valdez Oil spill, it didn’t take ages to scrub up the entire 1000’s of miles that had been affected.

    “Ogoni communities have never enjoyed the natural resources deposited in their land as a result of impacts of oil activities on their land, especially the oil spill on their economic land,” he stated.

    According to him, it’s excessive time for the Federal Government to deal with the clean-up of Ogoni oil spill mission it inaugurated in 2017.

    Ugwuja stated that his organisation was but to see the hand work of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) saddled with the duty of facilitating the implementation of the clean-up in Ogoni land.

    “It is just within the third world nation like Nigeria that critical points affecting the lives of oil producers and their financial farm land are politicised.

    “Government ought to make undiluted effort to make sure speedy clean-up of Ogoni land. The Ogoni individuals can not be deceived by mere guarantees,’’ he stated.

    He referred to as on effectively significant environmentalists to type synergy and stay steadfast within the battle towards oil air pollution within the Niger Delta.