Green light for Ogoniland oil cleanup welcomed by UNEP

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UNEP Project Team members taking water samples from a creek in Ogoniland, in the Niger Delta

The decision of the Nigerian government to go ahead with a major oil contamination clean-up of Ogoniland has been welcomed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The agency, at the request of the government, has conducted an assessment of oil pollution and its impact on public health and the environment in that region in the Niger Delta.

Spokesperson Nick Nuttall says that UNEP presented its findings and recommendations to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and his cabinet twelve months ago.

"Some of the findings were that the oil pollution in Ogoniland has gone further and deeper into the soil and the drinking water than anybody previously supposed and it also point out that many of the creeks and river systems in Ogoniland have oil pollution on the surface and some are quite heavily contaminated, so some of the World Health Organization limits on drinking water in terms of pollution are very very high."

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UNEP says it could take 25 to 30 years to clean up the oil pollution in Ogoniland and has proposed an initial sum of $1 billion to cover the first five years of the operations.

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