A group, Environmental Right Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), has called on the Federal Government to exclude Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) from the Ogoni clean-up exercise.
A member of the group, Mr Mike Karikpo, stated this at an event to commemorate the World Environmental Day tagged: “Air Pollution”, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported on Thursday.
According to him, Shell should be withdrawn as member of the board of committee in the clean-up of Ogoni because as the pollutant, it would speak in the company’s favour.
Karikpo further appealed to journalists to investigative the extent of the Ogoni clean-up exercise before putting anything to the public domain.
He stated that journalists must know sites of the clean-up, find out if the standards set for the exercise was in place so that neighbouring communities would not suffer from the pollution caused by waste dumped for them after the clean-up.
Earlier, the group’s the Executive Director, Dr Godwin Ojo, urged the Federal Government to delineate the Niger Delta as ecological disaster area and establish a cleanup and remediation fund to address the severe impacts of oil operations on communities and the environment.
The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari on August 7, 2017, launched the $1 billion Ogoni clean-up and restoration programme.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who represented the president, said that financial and legislative frameworks had been put in place to begin implementing recommendations made by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2011.