Group tasks FG on Ogo­ni­land report

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Alex Abutu

A round­table on the Re­view of the Im­ple­men­ta­tion of the United Na­tions En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­gramme (UNEP) As­sess­ment Report on Ogoni Land has ended with a call on the fed­eral govern­ment to as a mat­ter of ur­gency com­mence the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the UNEP report.

The round­table which cen­tred on the En­vi­ron­men­tal As­sess­ment Report of the UNEP had par­tic­i­pants drawn from di­verse dis­ci­plines in­clud­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­perts, the academia, tra­di­tional rulers, com­mu­nity mem­bers, gov­ern­men­tal and non-gov­ern­men­tal play­ers, civil so­ci­ety ac­tors and the me­dia.

They urged that the gov­ern­ing struc­ture of HYPREP should be set up with­out any fur­ther de­lay, stress­ing that HYPREP needed to be re­struc­tured in such a way that there will be more civil so­ci­ety and com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tion, dif­fer­ent from the cur­rent un­bal­anced lean­ing to­wards oil com­pa­nies.

That in view of its com­plic­ity in oil ex­ploita­tion and its con­se­quent dev­as­ta­tions, HYPRED should be ex­cised from the Min­istry of Petroleum and em­bed­ded in the Min­istry of En­vi­ron­ment, the meet­ing noted.

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