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Ogoni Cleanup to begin End of the Month



Ogoni Cleanup to begin End of the Month | BellaNaijaThe cleanup of Ogoniland in Rivers State will begin by the end of the month, the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin, has said.

The Ogoni cleanup has for a long time been in the works, with President Muhammadu Buhari approving a board and governing council for the clean up in 2016.

Punch reports that $180 million has been mobilized for the cleanup through the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), and multi-national oil companies.

Jibrin, who spoke to reporters after the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday, said:

I can confidently tell you that before the end of this month, in the next weeks, there will be 21 companies that will be mobilised to the site to start the work.

Right from the NNPC, Shell Petroleum Development Company and the (J) ventures; they have mobilised $180m. It is in the Escrow Account with the Standard Chartered Bank of London and the Board of Trustee is managing that.
So, as far as we are concerned, we can beat our chest and say that the (President Muhammadu) Buhari administration has shown the way forward on this clean-up and we hope and pray that the people whom we are working for will have cause to laugh and smile very soon.


  1. abi

    November 14, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    $180m is absolute peanuts compared to how much Shell makes from the pollution, hardship and arrested development they cause in this region. How about cleaning up, setting up reparations for the long suffering indigenous people and committing to humane economic policies.
    Oil companies lift from many parts of the world. They build infrastructure and refineries in those areas creating jobs, towns and viable businesses in those areas. Why must our story be different?
    Maputo is benefiting from British Petroleum lifting Lng. Are Nigerians not worthy?

  2. Fleur

    November 15, 2018 at 5:20 am

    Hm. I have learned not to get excited when my country peeps say they are going to work on something important. if it was entertainment I’d believe them.

  3. Lucci

    November 15, 2018 at 10:58 am

    Ogoni Clean-up has been in the ‘works’ though not practically for as long as we can remember…you should start it already or you are just bringing it up because election draws close!

  4. Mrs chidukane

    November 15, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    No today? Ever since this government was elected we have been hearing about Ogoni cleanup. This is an exercise that takes years to be completed and we know that this government will not follow through and when they leave, subsequent ones will most likely abandon the effort. Everything is lip service and to win election. No one really cares about the plight of others.

  5. miss_nk

    November 15, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    I’m part Ogoni and the way the govt, shell and co treat the area is appalling. People can’t fish or even plant because of the destruction of the environment. We’ve heard enough promises about the clean up. Get to it already.

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