Ogoni clean-up: Youths fault process, demand Dekil's sack

OGONI youths have faulted the remediation method employed by the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Programme in cleaning some Ogoni polluted sites as recommended by the United Nations Environment Programme report.

The youths in a statement signed by the National Youth Council of Ogoni People and Ogoni Youth Federation and Ogoni Youth Coalition Movement demanded the removal of HYPREP’s Coordinator, Dr Marvin Dekil.

The statement issued on Monday read, “It is worthy of note that HYPREP, an agency established specifically for Ogoni clean-up pursuant to the UNEP recommendations, part of which was to carry out emergency measures like the construction of a centre of excellence and integrated contaminated soil management centre, provision of potable water in communities, establishment of health registry and provision of alternative livelihood for those involved in artisanal refining has not been met.

“The report strongly condemned the remediation by enhanced natural attenuation, but this is what we have observed at the ongoing clean-up sites at Ebubu and Korokoro communities in Eleme and Tai LGAs respectively, despite the fact that Ebubu community records high in surface and underground water contamination with hydrocarbon substances,” the statement read.

The group also described HYPREP’s communication strategies with the Ogoni people as strange.

“Again, the communication strategy adopted by HYPREP is unknown to even the custodians of Ogoni nation. NYCOP demands to know key performance indicators set out by HYPREP for the clean-up to enable her to measure milestones and relevant outcomes and further demand that such KPI be made public and accessible to all.”