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Why Rivers Govt should be involved in implementing the UNEP Report – Wike


PORT HARCOURT (Sundiata Post) – Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has explained that the state government requested for inclusion in  the  implementation of the UNEP Report because it is interested in a safe environment  for  the  Ogoni people.

Also, the Minister of Environment, Hajia Amina Mohammed said that the implementation  of  the  UNEP Report was above politics, hence the  Rivers State Government would be involved  in implementation  process.

Speaking at the Government House, Port Harcourt on Thursday when  he granted audience to the Minister of Environment, Wike said though the  UNEP Report was a  Federal  Government project, it was necessary  for the Rivers State Government to be included  in  the  processes.

He noted that it was necessary for the Federal Government to  spell out the extent to which the Rivers State Government would be  involved and the  nature of  its involvement.

He said: “We are  interested in  supporting the  Federal Government to  achieve the clean up  of Ogoni land.  That is why  we seek that the state be carried  along.

“By requesting that we be carried  along, we are not asking for contracts.  We are only seeking to  be involved  in the process through  information .

“Because we are committed  to  Ogoni land being cleaned up, that is why we are clamouring  to be  involved “.

In her remarks,  the  Minister of Environment, Hajia Amina Mohammed noted that  the concern  raised by the governor was being addressed.

She informed that in the new committee set up  by her ministry to plan the launch  of  the  programme  would have two representatives  of  the  state government.

She said  the  clean-up  exercise was a long-term project  that would last 25 years.

According to  her,  the interaction  with stakeholders  has led to more inclusion as they head towards the launch of  the  UNEP Report.

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