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Ogoniland Cleanup: HYPREP Partners With Students Union On Sensitisation



The Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) has revealed its readiness to partner with students to drive information to the grassroots and ensure effective communication during the Ogoniland pollution remediation project.

The project coordinator of HYPRRP, Dr Marvin Dekil, made this known when he received students under the auspices of the National Union of Ogoni Students in his office in Port Harcourt.

Ogoni, one of the largest ethnic nationalities in Rivers State have suffered large-scale environmental pollution wrought upon it by the activities of multinational oil companies operating in the region.

In trying to address the pollution, the minister of Environment, Ibrahim Jibril during a pre-contract award meeting convened by Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) in Port Harcourt said the federal government had concluded plans to commence the cleanup of Ogoni impacted communities on or before the end of last quarter of 2018.

Dekil underscored the importance of communication on the project and solicited the union’s support in the area of advocacy and information dissemination for the success of the project.

He told the students that his office was ready to partner with them through the union’s public relations officer for efficient and effective communication during sensitisation and advocacy visits to the affected communities.

He advised the key officials of the union to create a synergy with HYPREP’s communication team so as to be informed and also participate when such programmes come up, even as he assured them that HYPREP would accommodate students who study courses in relevant fields in its industrial training programmes, adding that the project would serve as a platform to train them into becoming experts.

Earlier in his address, the student union’s president, Comrade Barinaada Kpalap said the visit, was to pledge the unflinching support of the students of Ogoni for HYPREP.

A statement by HYPREP’s assistant director of information, Ekaete Umo, said Kpalap pointed out that the students were close to members of the affected communities and constantly in touch with them and could therefore act as a channel to drive information to the grassroots, adding that they were willing and ready to contribute and add value to the successful implementation of the project.





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