- Not less than $177m has been raised by the federal government to fund the much awaited cleanup in Ogoni area of Niger Delta
- This disclosure was made by the minister of state for environment, Ibrahim Jibril, who said that the fund was part of the initial $1bn slated for the same purpose
- Jibril further revealed that the remaining amount needed to make up the $1bn will be raised over a period of five years
The federal government, through the minister of state for environment, Ibrahim Jibril, on Monday, October 8, revealed that it had raised the sum of $177m out of the $1bn needed for the cleanup of Ogoni land in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, Punch reports.
It said that refineries of crude oil were expected to raise the balance, adding that the $1bn was to be raised over a period of five years.
Jibril made this disclosure during his reception speech in Abuja to honour the British deputy high commissioner to Nigeria, Laure Beaufils.
The minister said: “As I’m talking today, that (Ogoni cleanup) account has been credited with the sum of $177m. This is what is supposed to be given by the oil majors who are there and to pay for the cleaning and restoration of those degraded lands.”
He said that an earlier fund of $1bn was recommended to be used over a period of five years, stressing that “with the $177m for 2018, the balance is expected to come from the refineries and we have written to inform the President, he (President) has given the directives that the petroleum ministry should handle that issue.”
Commenting on the horrific effect of climate change on Nigeria, Jibril said that the ministry had to create a department to help deal with the challenges posed by the development.
“The issue of climate change has been brought to bear in the southern part of this country, as can been seen in the constant erosion in some of those areas. That is why we have a full Technical Department of Erosion Control,” he said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that about 400 local and international companies had been engaged for the clean-up exercise of oil pollution in Ogoni land.
This was disclosed in Abuja on Monday, June 11 by Jibril at the Nnimmo Bassey National Colloquium.
Legit.ng gathered that the minister stated that the contractors would be mobilised to site in August or September 2018. He also said that government has developed a framework and timeline for the Ogoni clean up which would last till December, 2019.
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