Nigerians have been informed by the federal government that the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) was established by legal documents and international commitments.
The project’s goal, according to a statement by Mr. Saghir el Mohammed, Press Director, Ministry of Environment in Abuja, was to address environmental problems in the nation.
He claims that this is consistent with the government gazette and UN Environment Program (UNEP) report that served as the foundation for the HYPREP.
Therefore, the project is suitably brought under the ministry’s supervision.
We also want to let the public know that President Muhammadu Buhari has communicated this via the Secretary to the Government of the Federation via a memo with reference number PRES/81/SGF/82 dated April 28, 2022.
He added, “The President reiterated the ministry’s control of HYPREP and has urged the Environment Minister, Mohammed Abdullahi, to expeditiously complete the Ogoniland cleanup.
The President also ordered a complete audit of HYPREP’s accounting from its origin to the present while approving the restructuring of its operations to increase its effectiveness.
Therefore, the ministry reaffirmed the Federal Government’s adherence to those instruments and commitments to all International Oil Companies (IOCs), partners, and Ogoni stakeholders.
In this regard, Abdullahi pleaded with all parties to maintain their composure and support HYPREP as it worked to carry out its mandate.
The minister promised that the ministry will continue to exercise strategic leadership to fulfill Buhari’s pledge to purge, correct, and restore the environment.
Not only in Ogoniland, but also throughout the rest of the Niger Delta and beyond, the cleanup and restoration would take place.