The Nationwide Meeting Joint Committee on Host Communities has summoned Minister of Setting, Mohammed Abdullahi, and Administration of Hydrocarbon Air pollution Remediation Venture (HYPREP), over failure to scrub up Ogoni land regardless of fee of $1 billion for the challenge .
The Ogoni cleanup, backed by the United Nation Setting Programme (UNEP), was flagged off in June 2016 by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, with fanfare and a lot enthusiasm from each the Nigerian authorities and the individuals within the Niger Delta.
Expressing disappointment on failure to execute the challenge, the Chairman of the joint committee, Senator Degi Eremienyo declared Tuesday that officers of Ministry of Setting should seem earlier than the Committee for required explanations on failure to hold out the Clear Up train regardless of $1billion made accessible for that goal.
Senator Eremienyo who acknowledged this at an interactive session the committee deliberate to have with the Ministry and different stakeholders which was nevertheless not attended by the Ministry, stated absence of Minister of Setting and different important stakeholders , was clear indication of conceament of data from them so far as the Ogoni Clear up challenge is anxious.
The Ministry, he lamented additional, has evaded look earlier than the committee 3 times on the crucial concern, an motion he stated, will not be tolerated by the committee.
“I specific my displeasure completely, frown on the perspective of the minister and likewise the challenge coordinator in demonstrating fixed disrespect, disregard for the establishment of the parliament as a result of like I stated, this isn’t the primary invitation.
“We had invited them about 3 times and so they have evaded engagement with the parliament.
“For me it’s an look of concealment of data to us, to incapacitate us to go for efficient discharge of our duties as a parliament to oversight the actions of hyprep.
“It additionally signifies incompetence, unhealthy governance and insensitivity on the a part of the Minister and others related to the challenge .
“We won’t take this from the chief. Significantly with the ministry of setting that’s saddled with the duty of overseeing the actions of operating the affairs of hyprep.
“Because the Chairman of this committee, I hereby endorsed and supported the movement that the minister and naturally the challenge coordinator and the administration group of the challenge ought to unfailingly seem earlier than this joint committee on a date that shall be transmitted to them via a letter from our secretariat,” he stated.
He nevertheless, commend the federal authorities for conceptualising the concept as a observe as much as the UN report on the cleanup of ogoniland.
“This challenge is essential to the individuals of the Niger Delta, it’s a pilot challenge that’s imagined to be replicated in different components of the Niger Delta Area however apparently it’s not working the best way it’s anticipated to work,” he added.