Senate Begins Probe Of Ogoni Clean-up Programme
After he commissioned the clean-up, Professor Osinbajo had said the exercise would cost $1 billion dollars, but one year down the line, there seems to be very minimal work done.
The decision to probe the progress of the programme comes a day after the World Environment Day held to promote care for nature and the planet to make it conducive for future generation.
At the flag-off of the programme, the Acting President said that a governing structure for the clean-up has been established and a chief executive has been appointed by the Governing Council.
On 16 February, the council perform a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of an integrated Contaminated Soil Management Centre, provided for in the UNEP Report.
On the same day, the project for demonstrating technologies for the clean-up, was launched at selected sites in the four local government areas of Ogoniland.
At a meeting with representatives from different communities in the region in Port Harcourt, the Acting President explained why the Buhari administration, unlike the ones before it has prioritised the clean-up of Ogoniland.
“The Ogoni people… symbolise in many eyes, domestically and internationally, the previous neglect of the Niger Delta and the environmental damage that has been done to the area as we have exploited oil and gas to grow the rest of the economy.
“This is indeed why the Buhari Administration prioritised the ‘Ogoni Clean-up’ and with working with the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and other partners to undertake this important task,” he had said.
But the Senate wants to find out how much action has been put down to back the Acting President’s statements on the Ogoni clean-up.