From: AgroNature Admin
The Dutch on Wednesday described Ogonis cleanup as the largest in the history of the world.
The Ambassador Royal Kingdom of Netherlands to Nigeria, Robert Petri made the observation when he visited the corporate office of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, on Wednesday.
Petrified noted that the Nigerian Government is making history with the clean up of Ogoni land, stressing that “the remediation of Ogoni land stands as the largest clean up project carried out in the history of the world.”
He was on a fact finding mission to HYPREP, he advised the Federal Government(FG), to ensure the clean up proper begins before the 2019 elections.
He stressed that it is important that the exercises kicks off before the elections, noting that the project has generated wide publicity, both locally and internationally, and that the world is watching, waiting to see the project begins, and that the success of the project will attract global applauds.
“This is a large project, even the largest clean up in the whole world. Nigeria is making history with this project. It will set example worldwide.
“Your emphasis on community engagement is commendable. The problem here is that things take a long time, so, you have to keep engaging the people.
“Things are really happening in Ogoni clean up, although, they are brightly not visible. On this project ensure the independence of HYPREP.
“It is extremely an important project. I hope that you start the clean up proper before the elections start because the whole world is watching.“ he acknowledged.
In his reaction, the Head, Project Coordination, HYPREP, Dr. Marvin Dekil, noted that the office is ready to commence the project anytime soon, adding that 21 companies have been cleared and ready to be mobilized to site to commence the clean up.
Dekil said the 21 companies have been approved to take part in the clean up, having completed and scaled through the entire procurement process.
He added that HYPREP has completed community, technical preparations and compliance to all procurement acts, adding that it has not imposed anything on the area of livelihood on the community.
Source: The Nation