FG proposes new water scheme for Ogoniland

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The Nigerian Government is planning to carry out detailed design for new water scheme in Ogoniland, Rivers State which had been polluted by oil spill and silt.

FILE: TWO EXPLORERS NAVIGATING THROUGH THE POLLUTED WATER

The Federal Ministry of Environment disclosed this in a paper; “Ogoni Clean-Up: Achievements in Three Years,” which was released by the Ministry’s Director of Press, Mohammed Al-Sagir in response to the repeated calls by Amnesty International, Environmental Rights Action and Friends of the Earth (ERA/FoEN) and other organizations, which had drew the Government attention to harmful effects of the spill and shoddy work by the firm that is handling the project.

He said the initiative would compliment ten existing water schemes that will be rehabilitated and provide supply of about 10,950,000 litres of water per day to the Communities across the four Local Government Areas in the State.

Recall that in 2018, procurement processes commenced for remediation of the Ogoni clean-up in line with the Public Procurement Act of 2007.

The Director also stated that seventy per cent of the first phase of contract work on the Ogoni clean-up exercise is expected to be completed by the end of August 2020 while the other 30 per cent is expected to be finalized by the end of November 2020.

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He further said some more remediation sites were handed over to 29 contractors in February 2020 and the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) HYPREP had commenced to enable contractors access remediation site and commence operations.

Mohammed said stressed that HYPREP has also carried out a survey of the water reticulating distances in the four LGAs for the supply of potable water in the Communities.

“Ten existing water schemes will be rehabilitated across the four LGAs and are expected to supply about 10,950,000 litres of water per day to the Communities.

“We are also in the process of engaging consultants to carry out detailed design for new water scheme in Ogoniland. The tendering processes are ongoing,” the paper said.

Mohammed, said the 21 contractors who are at various stages of the remediation processes had continued to achieve tremendous success despite delays caused by inclement weather, terrain, and Community issues.

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