17 of 21 Remediation Works Completed in Ogoniland–Minister
Minister of Environment, Dr. Muhammad Mahmood Abubakar, said about 17 Lots (remediation works) have been completed by the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, HYPREP, in phase 1 of the Ogoniland clean-up exercise.
According to Abubakar, the National Oil Spill Detection Agency (NOSDRA) have carried out necessary assessment tests and certified the remediation of 10 of the Lots.
He made this known during a press briefing on Ogoniland Cleanup in Abuja.
The Minister further disclosed that the certification sampling of another three Lots has been completed, while another separate three are awaiting certification sampling for close-out by NOSDRA.
As part of the employment creation drive of HYPREP, Mahmood Abubakar, said 882 community youths have been engaged by Batch 1 remediation contractors, while additional 1118 community youths are being engaged by Batch 2 remediation contractors.
“…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,” he added.
According to him, a tripartite capacity building partnership between HYPREP, the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and the Stakeholders Democracy Network (SDN) trained 15 youths from the four Local Government Areas of Ogoniland.
At the end of the three months intensive training, the Environment Minister, revealed that the trainees fabricated machines which were used in setting up a Cassava Processing/Fabrication Facility at Korokoro, Tai Local Government Area.