The Senate has mandated its Committee on Envi­ronment to investigate the implementation of the cele­brated Ogoni clean-up project.

In June 2016, the Federal Government launched the Ogoni clean-up project at an initial cost of $1 billion.

Apart from investigating the exercise, the panel is also mandated to assess the prog­ress of the Great Green Wall programme kicked off by the government to control deserti­fication.

The resolutions were prompted by a motion on “World Environment Day” sponsored by the Chairman, Senate Committee on Envi­ronment, Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central) and members of the panel.

Tinubu expressed worry that in spite of the launch of the Ogoni Clean-up Campaign, nothing has been heard of the project.

In her lead debate, Tinubu noted that June 5 of every year is observed as World Environ­ment Day, to create awareness on environmental issues and protection of the environment.

She said that the theme of this year’s World Environment Day: “Connecting People to Nature,” was a celebration of nature’s beauty and man’s dependence on it for his wellbeing.

Tinubu noted that the Sus­tainable Development Goals (SDGs) included ensuring clean water and sustainable hygiene, sustainable urban develop­ment, sustainable consumption through increased use of natural resources and reduction of toxic materials, combating climate change and its adverse effects, conservation of aquatic resourc­es and preservation of terrestrial biodiversity.

She said that in the light of the country’s environmental issues such as gully erosion in the South East, desertification in the North and large scale environmental degradation in the oil-rich South-South, illegal mining, uncontrolled and ex­cavation of laterites, there was need for Nigeria to be proactive in addressing its environmental issues.


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