Budget, groundwork delay cleaning of Ogoni land – FG

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The Federal Government has explained that the clean-up of Ogoni land is being delayed due to budget constraints and the groundwork before the project would start, The Guardian reports.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who was represented by the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin, stated this in an interview with journalists at the National Summit on the Niger Delta Clean-Up organised by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) in collaboration with African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (CSLD) in Abuja, yesterday.

According to him, consequent upon the submission of the UNEP report in 2011, the Federal Government in August 2012 set up the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP) under the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, as a vehicle to implement the UNEP report on the clean-up of the contaminated sites in Ogoniland. He added that since the inception of the present administration and in line with the campaign promise, significant strides have been made towards realizing the recommendations of the UNEP report.