All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate for Rivers South-East senatorial district in the legislative re-run election in Rivers State, Senator Magnus Abe, has said that the composition of a 13-man Governing Council and 10-member Board of Trustees, BOT, for the clean-up of Ogoniland was a vital step in the process of implementation of the UNEP report.
Abe in a press statement through his media aide, Parry Benson, said President Muhammadu Buhari has demonstrated sincerity and commitment to the project and has proved skeptics wrong through his actions.
He assured the Ogoni people that President Buhari has the political will to execute the clean- up exercise.
He called on the people to resist any attempt by their detractors to push them into derailing the project, pointing out that there were people who wanted the project to fail as a political gimmick.
It will be recalled that the Federal Government recently announced the inauguration of a 13-member governing council and a 10-member board of trustees for the exercise.
Minister of Environment, Aisha Mohammed had said that the constitution of the governing council and board of trustees will ensure that the process of the clean-up is transparent, accountable and sustainable.
“We ask for patience as we lay solid foundations for the clean-up. The context is complex and stakeholders are diverse. All must be taken along. His Excellency, President Buhari remains steadfast in his conviction to see Ogoniland and other parts of the Niger Delta cleaned up”
“My team at the federal Ministry of Environment is actively working collaboratively with Ministries of Petroleum Resources, Niger Delta, NDDC and key stakeholders to see that the promise of His Excellency is kept and we stay clean after the clean up,” she said in a statement.
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