The Federal Government is planning to deploy men, money and materials towards re-mediating the Ogoniland in line with global best practices.
Nigeria’s Minister of Environment Amina Mohammed made the disclosure while explaining how the ministry would spend the $1 billion fund set aside for the clean up of Ogoniland, Rivers State.
Mohammed, represented by the Permanent Secretaryof the ministry, Bukar Hassan, at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sub regional workshop on Chemical Information Exchange Network in Abuja, urged UNEP to get closer to government by establishing an office in Nigeria in order to effective implement its programmes.
“The Federal Government has deployed men, money and materials towards re-mediating Ogoniland, in line with the UNEP Ogoni Clean up report and global best practices,” Mohammed said.
The minister said the forum would foster cross-fertilisation of ideas on best practices and policies that will enable the sub-region concertedly address its wide range of environmental issues, through knowledge management and information exchange.
She said: “We would re-echo the Africa Group’s Regional Statement at second United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) that emphasized the need for strengthening UNEP’s strategic regional presence in Africa to support member states and ensure the implementation of the 2030 agenda in an integrated manner.