President Muhammadu Buhari has said the clean up of Ogoniland will create millions of jobs.
He made the assertion on Thursday at Boko, Gokana Local Government Area, Rivers State during the flag off, “clean up Ogoniland”
Buhari, represented by Vice-President, Prof. Yemi Osinbanjo, said the clean-up will have a sustainable development components that will benefit the people.
Buhari said that government was laying a foundation for change to ensure the rule of law and safety of the people.
He said the aim was to diversify the nation’s economy and provide jobs and wealth for the people.
“The methodology for the clean-up will ensure job creation for young people. The agro-allied industries required for processing of agricultural produce will also be put in place,’’ the President said.
However, he warned that oil thievery must end in the area. “The current oil theft and illegal refining will not be tolerated. The regulators in the oil industries must live up to expectations.
“They must ensure that oil companies carry out their operations in line with universal best services,’’ he said.
Buhari also said that approval had been given to set up necessary institutional framework to drive the implementation of the UNEP Report.
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike commended Buhari for inaugurating the implementation of the UNEP Report on Ogoniland.
He said that the state government would provide the platform for the smooth implementation of the Report.
The Govrrnor said that environmental degradation had affected ecosystem and wild life of communities in the Niger Delta.
The minister of Environment, Miss Amina Mohammed, said that government had taken stock of the work done in the past to start the implementation.
She said the clean-up would require collective responsibility of all stakeholders to ensure its success. Mohammed said the implementation “requires transparency, accountability, genuine partnership and proper representation of the people at the grassroots in what we are doing in investing in their future,’’ she said.
Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP, said the organisation’s team had produced a document of what happened in Ogoniland. He said that the team would stand with the Nigerian government to ensure the implementation of the report.