$1billion too Little for Ogoni clean-up – Environmental Minister

Environment Minister, Mrs. Amina Mohammed has said that the $1bil­lion budget for the recently launched Ogoni clean up will not be enough for the exercise.

She said in Abuja that sup­port for the exercise was being expected from other donors.

“We hope that we will have funds manager to take care of the money, because $1 bil­lion is not going to be enough. When we get the $1 billion, we need to start the job. But we also need to use that to lever­age on the funding from the budget, from other donors and from other opportunities around”

She said that the Shell Petro­leum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) has commitment to provide the $1billion.

“So, it is with SPDC. What we have done now is to set up governance structures, so that we first of all agree on the kinds of programme that will take place. And there is a Board of Trustees (BoT) that will make sure that the resources for Ogoniland are used for the recommendations the UNEP report had done openly and transparently”.

“The structure of the coun­cil also includes key stake­holders, Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs and the Niger Delta Development Commis­sion (NDDC), among others. These are key stakeholders in the Niger Delta that are already investing and spend­ing money. So, we want better coordination and coherence, and not duplicating but actu­ally adding value to one an­other’s investments”.

Originally posted 2016-06-14 03:05:57.

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