‘Over 2,000 sites polluted in Ogoniland, others’ – Environmental expert

According to the head, Environment and Conservation, at the Centre for Environment Human Rights and Development (CEHRD), Dr. Kabari Sam, there are more than 2,000 polluted sites in the Niger Delta, resulting in the loss of livelihood and basic needs in those areas, covering 12 per cent of Nigeria’s land mass and about 31 million in population. The area contributes 90 per cent of the foreign exchange, which is over $600b, to the Nigerian economy.

Speaking with select journalists in Lagos at an interactive session organised by Advocacy on Ogoni Clean-up on the status of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report implementation in Ogoniland, he said not much, if anything, had changed.

Sam talked about the UNEP report on Ogoniland, which was released in August 2011, highlighting the attendant consequences of large-scale oil pollution, initiatives towards oil spill remediation, Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) and the journey so far. He highlighted that one of the major drawbacks of HYPREP is that it is running on political will of government, as it is not backed by law.

Source: The Sun

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