The Environmental Rights Agenda/Friends of the Earth (ERA/FoEN) has declared that bureaucratic bottlenecks of the federal government and Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) were hampering the ongoing clean-up of impacted Ogoni environment by the Hydrocarbon Remediation Project (HYPREP).
This is even as it called on the federal government to urgently restructure, reorganise and completely overhaul the HYPREP in order to remove all administrative, financial and political obstacles stalling the progress of the clean-up exercise.
ERA/FoEN executive director, Dr. Godwin Uyi Ojo, spoke yesterday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, at an event to mark the 9th year of the report of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Ogoni environment.
He said, “HYPREP is bogged down by Nigerian government bureaucracy and Shell bureaucratic bottlenecks that has seen the programme unable to make progress to open the bid process for more complex sites and there appears to be no disclosed strategy on how to move forward with this aspect of the project.
The Environmental Rights Agenda/ Friends of the Earth therefore called on the federal government to urgently restructure, reorganise and overhaul the HYPREP in its entirety, in order to remove all administrative, financial and political obstacles stalling the progress of the clean-up exercise.
Ojo, who was represented by ERA/FoEN Program Manager, Barrister Mike Karikpo, described the project’s procurement process as “significantly flawed”, saying that work has stopped in 11, out of the 17 clean-up sites in Ogoniland.