By: Bamidele Fashube
The Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) on Wednesday said it has successfully remediated five out of the 21 identified polluted sites in four Local Government Areas(LGAs) of Ogoniland.
It said phase one of the contracts were awarded to 21 contractors in January 2019 stating that already, five sites have been restored.
The five lots are: Deebon Bodo/Mogho in Gokana, Nkeleoken/Alode in Eleme, Korokoro Well in Tai, Obolo Ebubu in Eleme and Bara Akpor Botem in Tai Local Government Areas, Rivers State.
Speaking during the 9th anniversary on the submission of the United Nations Environment Programme(UNEP) report on Ogoniland, HYPREP Project Coordinator, Marvin Dekil, said the remaining sites would be restored in six weeks.
According to him, twenty-one lots across the four Local Government Areas of Ogoniland in the category of less-complex sites were handed over to the remediation companies.
His words, “In January 2019, contracts for phase one batch one remediation of polluted sites were awarded marking the beginning of clean-up of impacted sites as recommended by UNEP.
“As of today, five of the companies have completed remediation work with the rest to round off remediation work in the next one and a half months.”