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.
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.