Shell releases $10m for cleanup of Ogoni land in Nigeria

APA – Lagos (Nigeria)

The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) says it has released $10 million take-off fund to the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Agency (HYPREP) to support the cleanup of the Ogoni land in Rivers State of Nigeria.

The General Manager, External Relations of the SPDC, Mr. Igo Weli, told journalists in Port Harcourt at an interactive session with the media on the Ogoni cleanup project, that the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recommendation encouraged a multi-stakeholder efforts driven by the Nigerian Government.

A local newspaper, the Vanguard said on Monday that Weli stated at the weekend that the SPDC would continue to play its role alongside other stakeholders under a transparent governance framework.

He explained that 15 SPDC JV sites, specifically mentioned in the report that needed attention, had been remediated in the communities and certified by the government and that the firm had also raised its standard on remediation approaches in line with industry best practices.

 “SPDC JV remains fully committed to continue supporting and contributing its share within the appropriate framework and governance structures.

“We encourage all relevant stakeholders to also remain committed to contributing their share,” he said.



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