President Muhammed Buhari has approved the inauguration of 13 persons Governing Council and 10 member Board of Trustees (BOT), for the cleanup of Ogoniland.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed in a statement signed by the ministry Permanent Secretary, Dr. Bukar Hassan in Abuja , Saturday.
The minister said the structures would ensure inclusiveness, accountability, transparency and sustainability of the exercise.
The ministers asked for patience from the stakeholders as the administration of President Buhari has laid a foundation for the cleanup of Ogoni and other part of Niger Delta.
“We have responsibility to deliver. The launch was the first step in a 30-year journey. We continue to make strides toward the implementation,” the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) quoted the minister as saying in the statement.
“We ask for patience as we lay solid foundations for the cleanup. The context is complex and stakeholders are diverse. All must be taken along”, Mohammed said.
The minister said the exercise was a collective responsibility and urged all Niger Delta communities, especially the Ogonis , to support the remediation and restoration efforts of the government.
The UN report estimated that the cleanup of Ogoniland could take up to 30 years with the initial remediation taking five years and the restoration another 25 years.