Nigeria/HYPREP Delivers on Ogoni Clean-up in Niger-Delta
Adedayo Osho, 06/08/2020
The Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, HYPREP, an agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria saddled with the responsibility of enhancing local capacity for better environmental management and promoting awareness of sound environmental management, as well as ensuring livelihoods and sustainable development in oil producing communities has debunked rumour that implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP in Ogoniland was not slow.
Project Coordinator, Dr. Marvin Dekil, while addressing the press in Port Harcourt on Wednesday 5th of August, 2020, said HYPREP has completed the remediation of five polluted sites out of the 21 sites awarded to contractors in January 2019 in the phase one of the cleanup process.
Among others, the project aims at remedying, reversing or stopping environmental damage in Ogoniland.
Dekil, confirmed that: "21 lots across the four Local Government Areas of Ogoniland in the category of less-complex sites were handed over to 21 companies for remediation."
He added that "As at today, five of the companies have completed remediation work with the rest to round off remediation work in the next few weeks.
"The five lots were remediation work has been completed are, Deebon Bodo/Mogho in Gokana, Nkeleoken/Alode in Eleme, Korokoro Well in Tai, Obolo Ebubu in Eleme and Barakpor Botem in Tai Local Government Areas of Rivers state.
"Most of our lots in Eleme, Tai, and Gokana are finished, we are waiting for our internal confirmation results from those sites, we will also invite the statutory environmental regulatory agencies to do their analysis and give their report."
August 4th, 2020, marks nine years since UNEP submitted the report of its assessment for hydrocarbon pollution in Ogoniland. The Nigerian government commenced implementation of the project three years ago.
According to Baridam Ben, an aide to Marvin Dekil, Oil and Gas Goodness learnt that "About 95% of the over 200 persons who run the Project Office of HYPREP are Ogoni people; 100% of the about 800 community workers in the Cleanup are Ogoni people; every Ogoni person is represented on the Governing Council and Board of Trustees of HYPREP through MOSOP and KAGOTE (the two apex leadership organisations of the Ogoni ethnic nationality); many Ogoni companies are heavily involved in the remediation works, in fact the biggest remediation contract is managed by an Ogoni person; the people who will benefit from this project are the generality of Ogoni people."
The Ogoni people are predominantly in the region of Southeastern Senatorial district in Rivers State, Nigeria. They now number about over two million people and live in a 404-square-mile homeland which they also refer to as Ogoni, or Ogoniland.