Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril, Minister of State for Environment, has said $177 million has been raised for the clean-up of Ogoni land. Jibril revealed that the funds were the required contribution from oil majors.

Although $1 billion was stipulated by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) for the clean-up in five years, Jibril says the balance will be credited from crude oil refineries in the country.

Meanwhile the United Kingdom has pledged to partner with the Federal government in efforts to clean up the Ogoni area in the Niger Delta and tackle other environmental challenges across the country.

Ms. Lavie Beaufils, the British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, conveyed the pledge on Monday in Abuja when she paid a courtesy visit on the Minister of State for Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibril.