$1bn Ogoni clean-up: FG stalls release of fund, says SPDC, NOSDRA
by KEHINDE AKINTOLA, Abuja
July 2, 2014 | 4:26 pm| | | Start Conversation
Management of Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) Wednesday accused the federal government of frustrating the release of funds for the implementation of the 2011 UN report for the clean-up of Ogoni land.
He also blamed Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources for failing to provide work plan for the proposed clean-up and the utilization of the funds.
Igbuku also blamed the take-off of the clean-up exercise on oil bunkering and illegal refineries, noted that “there were 47 breaks in the pipeline. We did 50 clean ups. People are still breaking the pipes in spite of the local contractors that we employed to safeguard them.”
“We are not aware of the emergency measures that DPR said they have done,” he said.
While speaking, Uche Ekwunife, chairperson of the committee issued a two week ultimatum to Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources to submit a work plan for the clean-up exercise.
“Their water is contaminated, ecosystem is out. The people are living in danger and one out of eight citizens is dying of cancer. UNEP report says it will take about thirty years to clean up and if we are still passing bucks after three years, when are we going to complete it?”
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