The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N6,04 billion for the provision of potable water in the four Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Ogoniland in Rivers State.

These Local government areas are Gokana, Khana, Eleme and Tai.

The Minister of Environment, Muhammad Mahmoud, speaking to State House reporters after the virtual Federal Executive Meeting(FEC) at the Aso Villa on Wednesday.

According to Mahmoud“If you recall, the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, otherwise known as HYPREP, was commissioned in 2016 to clean Ogoniland, impacted areas of Ogoniland, based on a report by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

“The mandate of the project is not just cleaning up the contaminated areas by oil pollution, but also to provide drinking water and three to also provide alternative livelihood for the people of that area.

“This is a project that previous governments have tried to do, but it just turned out to…just talk, but President Buhari, in 2015 promised and this thing started in 2016 and currently, there will be six water projects that will be provided in this four local government areas of Ogoniland and this has just been approved and work will start immediately.”

He said each projects cost different amount and will be completed at their different times, ranging from six months all the way to nine months, depending on the atmosphere.

He said: “It’s rehabilitation and construction and some of these will link with the Rivers State Government’s water system.”

The minister also spoke on the reason behind the delay in the clean-up. He blamed some communities that refused to grant access to the sites but disclosed that a total of 15 oil-polluted sites had been cleaned up in Ogoniland.

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