The Federal Government yesterday mobilized 16 contractors to carry out environmental remediation and cleanup of oil spill in Ogoniland.
The Minister of Environment, Suleiman Zarma made this known after a group of Ambassadors interested in the remediation of the oil spill in Niger Delta, visited him in Abuja.
The group included ambassadors from Norway, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Germany, France, European Union and United States.
Zarma expressed the federal government’s determination to restore departed land of Ogoni oil spill adding that mobilization fees had been paid to contractors to enable them commence the remediation.
He also stated the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), a federal government’s coordinating office saddled with responsibility of remediation had commenced the implementation of project through consultation and sensitization of communities.
The minister said the idea was to involve communities to take ownership of the project.
Project Coordinator of HYPREP, Marvin Dekil, stated that HYPREP Board of Trustees were determined to implement the remediation project immediately funds were released.
According to him, HYPREP also has livelihood programme aimed at restoring livable life for people of Ogoniland.
Earlier, the group of ambassadors led by Michel Deelen, Deputy Ambassador in charge of Affairs, Netherlands, said that the international community is interested in the environmental remediation and cleanup of Ogoniland oil spill.