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FG Okays N6bn For Water In Ogoni

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The federal government has approved the sum of N6 billion for the provision of potable water for Gokana, Khana, Eleme and Tai local governments of Ogoniland in Rivers State.

Minister of environment , Mohammed Mahmoud disclosed this to State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa.

He recalled that the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, otherwise known as HYPREP, was commissioned in 2016 to clean Ogoniland, impacted areas of Ogoniland, based on a report by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

According to him, the mandate of the project is not just cleaning up the contaminated areas by oil pollution, but also to provide drinking water and to also provide alternative livelihood for the people of that area.

 

He said, “This is a project that previous governments have tried to do, but it just turned out to just be you know, just talk, but President Buhari in 2015 when he promised, this thing started in 2016 and currently, there will be six water projects that will be provided in this for local governments of Ogoniland and this has just been approved and work will start immediately.

“They are in different prices and also different completion periods, I think ranging from six months all the way to nine months, depending on the atmosphere. It’s rehabilitation and construction and some of these will link with the River State government’s water system.

On Ogoni clean up, the minister dismissed insinuations that the project was behind by five years.

According to him, the government has cleaned 15 sites in Ogoni land .

He stated, “This was evident when we came to assess the project and we went all the way to Geneva, and met with UNEP and that’s the agency United Nations Environment Programme that designed the project, conducted the studies and make the recommendations.”

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