FG be­gins med­i­cal out­reach to­wards im­ple­ment­ing UNEP re­port on Ogo­ni­land

• HYPREP to launch liveli­hoods in­ter­ven­tion pro­gramme

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Cor­nelius Es­sen, Abuja

THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has com­menced the sec­ond phase of its free med­i­cal out­reach in Ogo­ni­land. This is part of the ac­tiv­i­ties to im­ple­ment the United Na­tions En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion Re­port (UNEP) in the area.

The Project Co­or­di­na­tor of Hy­dro­car­bon Pol­lu­tions Re­me­di­a­tion Project (HYPREP), Dr. Marvin Dekil, dis­closed this yes­ter­day. He said Kana peo­ple would ben­e­fit from the gov­ern­ment’s gra­cious ap­proved of the sec­ond med­i­cal in­ter­ven­tion to reach more peo­ple.

Dekil added that the free med­i­cal out­reach would al­le­vi­ate the suf­fer­ing of many peo­ple, who for years had ag­o­nised under painful, but treat­able health con­di­tions.

The first phase of the out- reach was held in 2017 at Bori, in Kana Lo­cal Coun­cil Area of River State.

This fol­lowed Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s con­cern about the poor liv­ing con­di­tion of the Ogoni peo­ple due to the en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion from oil ex­plo­ration.

The co­or­di­na­tor noted that the peo­ple were de­prived due to lim­ited ac­cess to health fa­cil­i­ties, and lack of fi­nan­cial ca­pac­ity to treat their ail­ments.

Dekil dis­closed that the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment was com­mit­ted to the im­ple­men­ta­tion of UNEP re­port on Ogo­ni­land.

He added that this sec­ond edi­tion of HYPREP Health Out­reach Pro­gramme is to con­sol­i­date on the gains of the first.

Ac­cord­ing to him: “The ex­er­cise would be the cul­mi­na­tion of all the pro­cesses that had been put in place from the in­cep­tion of the project in March 2017.

“We will in the com­ing weeks, launch the HYPREP Liveli­hoods In­ter­ven­tion Pro­gramme to give new sets of skills to Ogoni women and youths.” This, he, said would en­able them to cre­ate wealth for them­selves, their fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties.

He said the co­or­di­na­tion would pre­cede the re­me­di­a­tion of im­pacted sites.

“Presently, the pub­li­ca­tion for in­vi­ta­tion for pre-qual­i­fi­ca­tion of con­trac­tors for the re­me­di­a­tion of hy­dro­car­bon im­pacted sites in Ogo­ni­land is in some na­tional and in­ter­na­tional dailies.

“The re­me­di­a­tion of Ogo­ni­land would be done by ex­pe­ri­enced hands lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally, to achieve the de­sired re­sults of restor­ing the en­vi­ron­ment back to an ac­cept­able stan­dard,” he said.

He de­clared that as the med­i­cal out­reach is on­go­ing, plans were un­der­way for the pro­vi­sion of potable wa­ter and the re­sus­ci­ta­tion of ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties. He said there would also be the con­struc­tion of new ones to fill the sup­ply gaps in the com­mu­ni­ties.

Dekil ex­plained that the move is part of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s de­lib­er­ate ef­forts to im­ple­ment an­other key rec­om­men­da­tion of the UNEP Re­port.

He said the re­port had sug­gested the restora­tion of liveli­hoods in the im­pacted com­mu­ni­ties, whose sources of liv­ing were af­fected by hy­dro­car­bon pol­lu­tion.

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