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Ogoni oil spills: FG sets up panel to review UNEP report

*Allison Madueke heads committee

BY DANIEL IDONOR

ABUJA-PRESIDENT Goodluck Jonathan yesterday approved the constitution of a Special Committee to undertake a holistic review of the United Nations Environmental Programme, UNEP, Report on oil pollution in Ogoniland and make recommendations to the Federal Government on immediate and long term remedial actions.

This was contained in a statement by Dr Reuben Abati, the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity.

The statement said “the Committee which is to be chaired by the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Allison-Madueke is to conclude its assignment and submit a report to the President within two weeks”.

Also to serve in the Committee are the Minister of Environment, Mrs. Hadiza Ibrahim Mailafiya (Vice-Chairman), the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Elder Godsday Orubebe, and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke.

Other members, the Presidency said, are the Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Mr. Chibuzo Ugwoha, the Director-General of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, Mr. Peter Idaboh, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr. Austen Oniwon and the Special Adviser to the President (Technical Matters), Mr. Sullivan Akachukwu Nwakpo.

After receiving the UNEP Report on Oil Pollution in Ogoniland on August 4, 2011, President Jonathan had directed the Ministers of Petroleum and Environment to undertake an immediate appraisal of the report.

The decision to constitute an expanded Special Review Committee, according to the statement, followed the submission by the two ministers to the President their preliminary appraisal of the report.


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