ABUJA (Min of Environment Report) – The Project Coordinator, Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), Dr. Marvin Barinem Dekil, has said that the Federal Government has designed policies and procedures to incorporate stakeholders consultation into the programmes and activities of the Project.
This was said at a two day workshop, organised by the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project for Ogoni Elected Representatives, tagged “Ogoni Clean-up: Implementing the UNEP Report”.
The workshop which attracted the Senatorial District Representatives, House of Assembly Members and Local Government Chairmen, from the four Local Government Areas of Ogoni, featured presentations from different Units of the Project, on updates on the activities of HYPREP – understanding remediation; key performance indicators for effective project monitoring and evaluation: the place of oversight, litigation as obstruction to the clean-up process; identifying and dealing with security threats in the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project and effective communication and community participation.
Dr Dekil informed the lawmakers that HYPREP is adopting a consultation process which is transparent and inclusive, adding that stakeholders’ engagements were not just organized for its face value, but was considered as a core component of the Project whereby opinions of stakeholders form inputs in the implementation process of the Project.
While speaking on behalf of the participants, Hon. Barieenee Deeyah, expressed appreciation to the Project Coordinator and Management of HYPREP, for the level of work so far carried out by them. He however said that, the joy of the lawmakers will be full when HYPREP fulfills its mandate and remediates the identified polluted sites in Ogoniland
As part of activities for the workshop, the Members were scheduled to visit some of the sites currently being remediated across the four Local Government Areas of Tai, Eleme, Khana and Gokana.
Saghir el Mohammed
Federal Ministry Of Environment