The Federal Government has reaffirmed its commitment to launch the cleanup of Ogoni land in the coming weeks, and resolving cases of environmental degradation in Niger Delta.
The Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed while addressing a stakeholders meeting in Bori area in Rivers State on the United Nations’ Environmental Programme (UNEP) report on the clean-up of Ogoni land, said the government plans to implement a strategy that involves empowering the people while protecting the environment.
Amina Mohammed also reiterated that implementing the UN report remains a top priority of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The Minister was also in the palace of the President of the Council and Gbenemene of Tai kingdom, Godwin Gininwa’s, to solicit the support and cooperation of traditional rulers in mobilizing their subjects to keep the peace and collaborate with the government in the cleanup of Ogoni land.
The Supreme Council of Traditional Rulers in Ogoni had appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately take actions to mop up arms in Ogoniland and bring sanity to the area.
The President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, had tabled the problems of the people at the meeting with the Minister.
The same message to clean up Ogoni land was also taken to Yenogoa by the Minister where the Bayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, lamented the plights of the people suffering the effects of oil pollution.
Mrs. Mohammed said that the Ministry was working on a mechanism that would help it address the problem of pollution in the Niger Delta overall.
In an earlier meeting with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, the Minister said that the cleanup of the Ogoni land would span between 25 and 30 years. In her words:
It is really to us a turning point in the history of the struggle. Ogoni land is the first place where actions need to be – cleanup.
This is a protracted issue; an issue that we are now concerned that the pollution is beyond the oil companies. It is one we have to try to understand.