The clean-up would be undertaken by the Federal Ministry of Environment, Peter Idabor, Director General of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) told reporters in Abuja, the country’s capital city.
The ministry was currently meeting with all relevant stakeholders, Idabor said.
In 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari directed actions to fast track the implementation of the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) report on environmental restoration of Ogoniland.
The actions were approved by the President based on recommendations made to him by the Executive Director of UNEP, Achim Steiner and other stakeholders.
The UNEP had in 2011 said the environmental restoration of Nigeria’s Ogoniland oil region could prove to be the world’s most wide-ranging and long-term oil cleanup exercise ever, if contaminated drinking water, land, creeks and other ecosystems are to be brought back to full health.
The report said the cleaning could take 25 to 30 years, with an initial investment of 1 billion U.S. dollars just for the first five years. Enditem