“FG is Fully Committed To Ogoni Clean Up”– House C’tte Chairman On Climate Change

By Ikenga Chronicles June 3, 2016

“FG is Fully Committed To Ogoni Clean Up”– House C’tte Chairman On Climate Change

 

The House Committee Chairman on Climate Change, and member representing Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal Constituency of Abia State, Hon. Samuel Ifeanyi Onuigbo has stated that contrary to speculations, the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government is fully committed to the clean up of Ogoniland.

“The Ogoni Clean Up is part of the Climate Control and ecological well-being ideology of President Muhammadu Buhari, and he is fully committed to its implementation” Hon. Onuigbo stated.

Hon. Onuigbo, who was speaking exclusively to Ikenga Chronicles’ Editor-in-Chief Nnaemeka Oruh shortly after participating in the flag-off of the Clean Up at Bodo, by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, stated that climate control and ecological wellbeing are part of the ideology of the president.

While many have argued that the non-inclusion of the clean up exercise in the 2016 Appropriation Bill means that the federal government was only trying to scam Ogoni people, the Honourable member explains;

“The question of the clean up not being in the budget is valid, but it will not stop anything. Funding will be mainly through external sources. You should remember that Shell has a counterpart funding to honour, and there are other multinationals interested in the clean up. I was with the incoming UNEP Country Director for Nigeria, just after this flag off.”

He went further to explain that;

“The overall drive is for the economic, environmental wellbeing, and health of Ogoni people, and subsequently Niger Delta people. Ogoni must be healed of all the years of environmental degradation, and that is what we are all committed to in our own little ways”

“Everybody has a role to play, it is necessary that cross-cutting climate control actions are taken by MDAs and everybody else.” he concluded.

The Ogoni Clean Up, if fully implemented is expected to last for 25-30 years, and will be one of the landmark environmental rehabilitation programmes in Africa.

 

 

 

 

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