Following the degradation of the environment by years of oil mining which left the kingdom inhabitable to some extent for living things, the Federal Government Of Nigeria today began the cleaning of Ogoniland, Rivers State. The ceremonial flag-off of the event will begin on Thursday June 2 and will be performed by president Muhammadu Buhari.
Minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed said:
“This will be one of government’s major programmes for the areas contaminated and polluted by oil spillage in the region.
“UNEP’s report has estimated that it could take up to 30 years for the rehabilitation of Ogoniland and its people to their full potential and it would require continuous funding of the project by development partners.
“UNEP’s scientific assessment is focused on Ogoniland, a kingdom which covers close to 1,000 square kilometres in Rivers State, southern Nigeria. Ogoniland, situated in the Niger Delta region, is the third largest mangrove ecosystem in the world.”