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Buhari Approves Actions To Fast-Track Environmental Clean-Up Of Ogoniland

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… Okays HYPREP Trust Fund BoT Membership
BEVERLY HILLS, August 05, (THEWILL) – In keeping with his avowed commitment to working for the development and well- being of all Nigerians, President Muhammadu Buhari Wednesday in Abuja approved several actions to fast-track the long delayed implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Report on the environmental restoration of Ogoniland.

The actions approved by President Buhari, based on recommendations to him by the Executive Director of UNEP, the UNEP Special Representative for Ogoniland, Permanent Secretaries of the Federal Ministries of Environment and Petroleum Resources, and other stakeholders, include the amendment of the Official Gazette establishing the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP) to reflect a new governance framework comprising a Governing Council, a Board of Trustees and Project Management.

A statement issued by the President's Special Adviser Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said Buhari further approved that the HYPREP Governing Council should be composed as follows: Ministry of Petroleum Resources – One Representative; Federal Ministry of Environment – One Representative; Impacted States (Rivers) – One Representative; Oil Companies & NNPC – 4 Representatives; Ogoniland – 2 Representatives; United Nations System – One Representative; and the Secretariat to be headed by a Project Manager.

He also approved the composition of a Board of Trustees for the HYPREP Trust Fund as follows: Federal Government – One Representative; NNPC – One Representative;

International Oil Companies – One Representative; Ogoniland – One Representative; and United Nations System – One Representative.

The statement added that following a meeting held on the directive of President Buhari, it was also agreed that a contribution deposit of 10 million United States dollars will be made by stakeholders within 30 days of the appointment of members of the Board of Trustees for the Trust Fund who will be responsible for collecting and managing funds from contributors and donors.

“A new implementation template has also been evolved at the instance of President Buhari, and the environmental clean-up of Ogoniland will commence in earnest with the President’s inauguration of the HYPREP Governing Council and the Board of Trustees for the Trust Fund,” the statement also said.