‘Ogo­ni­land oil spill cleanup will boost Nige­ria’s econ­omy’

Weekly Trust - - News -

The com­mence­ment of the Ogo­ni­land oil spill cleanup till its con­clu­sion will be a ma­jor boost to the oil and other sec­tors of the na­tion’s econ­omy.

Stake­hold­ers on en­vi­ron­ment made the re­mark yes­ter­day in Abuja at the 2ndan­nual sum­mit on the Niger Delta Cleanup themed, “Ogoni Cleanup: En­vi­ron­ment, Well­ness and the Com­mu­nity.”

It was or­gan­ised by the Civil So­ci­ety Leg­isla­tive Ad­vo­cacy Cen­tre (CISLAC), the African Cen­tre for Lead­er­ship, Strat­egy and De­vel­op­ment (Cen­tre LSD) and the Catholic Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Re­lief and De­vel­op­ment Aid (Cor­daid).

Speak­ing at the open­ing of the sum­mit, the Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of CISLAC, Auwal Musa Raf­san­jani, said that gov­ern­ment’s re­sponse over the years, char­ac­ter­ized by le­gal, mil­i­tary, pro­ject and agency re­sponses have failed to ar­rest the un­der­de­vel­op­ment and degra­da­tion of the re­gion.

Ac­cord­ing to him, any ap­proach for the de­vel­op­ment of the Niger Delta must fo­cus on three is­sues: hu­man de­vel­op­ment, jus­tice and eq­uity.

Also, the act­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Cen­treLSD, Mr. Mon­day Osasah, said that once the route to en­vi­ron­men­tal well­be­ing be­gins, it be­comes easy to carry out.

“The post­pone­ment of the cleanup com­mence­ment and non-com­ple­tion of the emer­gency mea­sures does not por­tend good for the peo­ple of Niger Delta and the coun­try at large par­tic­u­larly with the avail­abil­ity of the sum of $180m in the pro­ject ac­count,” Osasah said.

The Co­or­di­na­tor, Cor­daid­pro­grammes in Nige­ria, Dr. Akin Oke, com­mended the po­lit­i­cal will to un­der­take the cleanup, but re­gret­ted that the ex­er­cise is painfully slow.

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