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Ecologist wants Buhari to spell out template for Ogoni clean up

Port Harcourt – An ecologist, Dr Nenibarini Zabbey, has urged the Federal Government to spell out the template for the implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Report on Ogoniland.

The President Muhammadu Buhari will on Thursday flag-off the implementation of the UNEP Report at Bodo City, Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers.

Zabbey, a hydro-biologist, said in Port Harcourt that the Federal Government`s decision to start the clean up was a step in the right direction.

“ It is a welcome development that the president is coming to Ogoni to flag-off the implementation of the recommendations of UNEP Report.

“ But what is not clear yet is the how, who does what, clear templates as to who is responsible for the cleanup and how the cleanup will be done in terms of the technical input.

“ We are not conversant with these issues at the moment. We want to know how the cleanup will be done and procedure of engagement,” he said.

Zabbey, who said he did a study of the Bodo Creek before it was polluted, noted that experts would want to know the timeline and how each mile stone would be delivered.

He said Bodo Creek had remained polluted since 2008, adding that the UNEP Report revealed that most Ogoni people had lived with oil pollution all their lives and recommended clinical registry for them.

“ Such situation is a desperate one because the people will fish and drink in polluted water if there is no access to good food or clean water,” he said.


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