Aug 27, 2013

Ogoni: Government Fails To Implement Oil Spills Report

Over two years since the publishing of the UNEP report on oil spills in Ogoni, the federal government has still failed to implement remedial actions.

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More than two years after the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) released a damning report of the destruction to the ecosystem in Ogoni land by years of unchecked oil spillage through activities of multi-national oil companies operating in the area, Weekly Trust reports that the Federal Government is still foot-dragging with the implementation of the remedial actions contained in the UNEP report.

A report released by the the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in 2011, detailed records of oil spills in Ogoni land. It also revealed the extent of devastation caused by more than fifty years of unchecked oil spills on the environment and human lives with little or no effort to clean up the environment.

More than two years now, the Federal government is still foot-dragging on the implementation of the said report despite the series of assurances it gave to the effect that the report would not be swept under the rug when it was first released on August 4th, 2011.

Weekly Trust findings unveils that a Presidential committee set up to effect the immediate implementation of the report, especially on areas of environmental clean- up or remedying the damages done to the ecosystem as well as halt the continued loss of human lives in the region has remained comatose. Apart from the emergency water supplied to some communities by the Presidential committee in the wake of its formation, nothing concrete has been done concerning the UNEP report up to this moment.

However, the released UNEP report spurred immediate reactions in several quarters, mainly from concerned groups and individuals. They insisted that the Federal Government (FG) should make sure all those implicated in the report, especially the multinational oil companies are actively involved in order to guarantee full implementation of the recommendations of the report.

In addition, the report categorically revealed that the restoration of the negative impacts on mangrove stands and swamp lands will take up to 30 years, adding that families are suffering due to the loss of means of livelihood, mainly fishing and agriculture

Parts of the report, which covered a period of one year, read; "Some areas, which appear unaffected at the surface, are in reality severely contaminated underground and action to protect human health and reduce the risks to affected communities should occur without delay"