Minister of State for Environment-Ibrahim Jibril

The Federal Government says it has raised $177million for the cleanup of Ogoni Land and about $23million is expected from refineries before the end of October.

The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibril, said this on Monday at a meeting with the Deputy High Commissioner of the British Embassy, Laure Beaufils, in Abuja.

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Jibril said, “The board of trustees have opened an account and that account has been credited with the sum of $177million.

“This is what is supposed to be given by the oil majors and to pay for the cleaning and restoration of this degraded areas.

“An initial bill of $1billion was to be used over a period of five years. So, with the $177million for this year 2018, the balance of $23million is expected to come from the refineries.

“We have written to inform the President, he has given directives that the Petroleum Ministry should handle that issue. So, I believe before the end of the month, we should raise the remittance of the balance of $23million that is supposed to make it $200million for this year.”

The Deputy British High Commissioner in response assured of the British Government’s commitment in addressing climate-related changes in Nigeria.