The Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi, and the Management of Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) have been summoned over the failure to clean up Ogoni land.
HausaToday reports that the National Assembly Joint Panel on host communities summoned the minister and the management of HYPREP over the failure to clean up Ogoni despite payment of $1 billion for the project.
Speaking on Wednesday, the Chairman of the National Assembly Joint Panel, Senator Degi Eremienyo, said the minister and officials of the Ministry of Environment have refused to show up before the panel for the third time.
Eremienyo said he was grossly disappointed with the conduct of the minister and his officials, adding that they had a lot to hide about the clean-up and were concealing information.
He said, “I express my displeasure totally, frown at the attitude of the minister and also the project coordinator in demonstrating constant disrespect, disregard for the institution of the parliament because like I said, this is not the first invitation.
“We have invited them about three times and they have evaded engagement with the parliament. For me, it is an appearance of concealment of information to us, to incapacitate us to go for effective discharge of our duties as a parliament to oversight the activities of HYPREP.
He added, “We commend the Federal Government for conceptualizing this idea as a follow-up to the UN report on the cleanup of Ogoniland, and of course, the story of degradation and pollution of the Niger Delta is an old story for it is always fresh. It is always fresh because the situation and experience continue unabated in the Niger Delta. It is very unfortunate.
“This project is very important to the people of the Niger Delta, it is a pilot project that is supposed to be replicated in the other part of the Niger Delta but apparently it is not working the way it is expected to work. It is on that note that I, as the chairman of the committee also give my endorsement and support to the motion that the minister and of course the project coordinator and the management team of the project should be summoned to appear before this joint committee.”
“This project is very important to the people of the Niger Delta, it is a pilot project that is supposed to be replicated in other parts of the Niger Delta region but apparently it is not working the way it is expected to work.”