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Tinubu Urges Ogoni Stakeholders To Unite For Successful Clean-Up Project

President Bola Tinubu has called on stakeholders in Ogoni to put aside their differences and work together to achieve the goals of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) Clean-up Project.

The President urged stakeholders to bring their expertise, resources, and perspectives to the table to ensure the project’s success and restore the environment and livelihoods of the Ogoni people.

He noted that this will address the long-standing environmental challenges in the region and create a sustainable future for generations to come.

The President spoke through the Senior Special Assistant on Community Engagement (South-South), Hon. Gift Johnbull in Bori, Khana LGA, at a round-table meeting with key stakeholders to dialogue on ways to effectively implement the clean-up programme and improve the well-being of communities.

President Tinubu assured that a robust governance framework and accountability system have been established to guarantee transparency, efficient resource allocation, and active community participation throughout the clean-up process, ensuring that the project is delivered with integrity and accountability.

He said: “His administration through community involvement aims to drive real and lasting change, fostering a mindset that prioritizes environmental sustainability, economic empowerment, and community well-being”

Professor Nenibarini Zabbey, Project Coordinator of HYPREP, took the opportunity to present a comprehensive update on the project’s progress, highlighting its key objectives and achievements which showcases the project’s multifaceted approach to addressing the environmental and health challenges in Ogoniland.

He gave a scorecard of the Project’s mandate and key deliverables- provision of potable water, remediation- land and shoreline, mangrove restoration, public health; construction of the Ogoni Specialist Hospital and Buan Cottage Hospital, Health Impact Study to be conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in partnership with the University of Port Harcourt and University of Ibadan, Health Strengthening, the Ogoni Power Project, livelihood programmes and the construction of the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Restoration (CEER).

Professor Zabbey emphasised that HYPREP is currently implementing over 130 projects, all of which are having a positive impact on the lives of the people. He announced that four water schemes in Bomu (Gokana LGA), Kporghor (Tai LGA), Beere (Khana LGA), and Eteo (Eleme) are nearing completion and will be commissioned next month by the Honourable Minister of Environment and Chairman of the Governing Council, Mallam Balarabe Abbas Lawal.

This milestone, according to Zabbey marks a significant achievement in HYPREP’s efforts to improve access to clean water and enhance the well-being of Ogoni communities.

Professor Zabbey highlighted HYPREP’s initiatives to prevent repollution, saying regular engagement with former artisanal refiners, provision of sustainable alternative livelihood programs, and collaboration with the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to train youths in IT skills.

Also, during the round-table meeting, panellists praised the engagement initiative and the President’s commitment to the clean-up program and suggested upgrading the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Restoration (CEER) to a full-fledged university.

Earlier, the Project Coordinator had taken the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on a tour of the CEER facility, showcasing its potential for growth and development.

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