Federal Government reiterated that it had concluded plans to commence the remediation of hydrocarbon contaminated shoreline covering over 2,000 intertidal in Ogoniland, Rivers State.
Project Coordinator of Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, HYPREP Ferdinand Giadom under the Federal Ministry of Environment, announced this at a sensitisation workshop in Gokana.
Giadom said the remediation of the hectare shoreline was the largest shoreline clean-up embarked upon in the world.
He said the clean-up will create thousands of job opportunities and enhance the livelihoods of Ogoni youths and their dependents. Noting that the clean-up of crude oil impacted Ogoni communities was at a stage where the people would see the progress made so far.
The project coordinator said issuance of IMO certification was a deliberate effort to empower Ogoni youths with requisite certification, to make them eligible to work in similar projects anywhere in the world, adding that the exercise would commence as soon as the agency concluded with its contract processes and mobilisation of contractors to site.