15 July 2021 by Florence Adewale
The Ministry of Environment through its Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project has concluded Nine Water projects at Ogoni land to ensure potable water for the citizens.
The Minister of Environment Dr. Mahmood Mohammed made this known at a news conference on the report of the Ogoni land clean up project in Abuja.
The minister said the water project was part of government’s intervention to clean up hydrocarbon contamination and take health inventory of people in the impacted communities.
According to him “As part of the employment creation drive of HYPREP, 882 community youths have been engaged by Batch 1 remediation contractors, while additional 1118 community youths are being engaged by Batch 2 remediation contractors. Therefore, as at today, a total of 2000 temporal jobs were created in the course of remediation across the four LGAs of Ogoniland besides the numerous indirect jobs that are to be created in the form of trading and support activities.”
Dr. Mohammed who said relevant agencies had certified most of the completed project which include vocational training and various empowerment programs pledged government’s commitment to address further pollution of the already cleaned areas.
The Minister hinted that the country is at the verge of assuming the leadership of the PAN African Green World to facilitate more funding against desertification.