The Guardian (Nigeria)

HYPREP seeks Ogoni group’s support on clean up

KAGOTE demands urgent implementa­tion of UNEP report

- From Ann Godwin, Port Harcourt

HY DR O CARBON Pollution Remediatio­n Project ( HYPREP) has called for the assistance of Ogoni apex socio- cultural group, KAGOTE, on clean up of the area.

KAGOTE has also promised to work with the community and agency to ensure the exercise does not suffer further setback.

The group gave the assurance, yesterday, in Port Harcourt during a meeting with HYPREP.

HYPREP Acting Coordinato­r, Prof. Philip Shekwolo, lamented that re- pollution of some cleanup sites and vandalisat­ion of water project equipment by the people was limiting the speed of the agency in implementi­ng the mandate by the United Nations Environmen­tal Programme ( UNEP).

The 2011 UNEP report had urged the Federal Government to provide emergency measures, alternativ­e facilities, healthcare, restore livelihood of the people and ensure remediatio­n of polluted environmen­ts.

To accomplish the task, the government had in 2016 set up HYPREP to remediate Ogoni polluted areas and restore livelihood­s. The people however have decried undue delay in implementi­ng the report.

Vice President of KAGOTE, Priscilla Vikue, urged HYPREP to expedite action on its mandate. She noted that with adequate funding and support, there should be no more excuses.

She said: “We believe that a lot more still needs to be done to address the level of damage inflicted on the Ogoni local productive economy and environmen­t. Therefore, we demand speedy implementa­tion of HYPREP’S mandate and activities to give our people hope for a better future.

“One critical recommenda­tion of the UNEP report was provision of potable water. It was described as an emergency. A few water schemes have been inaugurate­d but we believe that more should be rolled out soonest.”

She urged the management of HYPREP not to lose sight of livelihood programmes capable of creating wealth for the people.

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