UN team in Nigeria for talks on restoring Oganiland environment

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Ogoniland, Nigeria

A team from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is in Nigeria this week to meet with government officials and partners on the issue of oil contamination in the Niger Delta region.

Headed by Special Envoy Erik Solheim, the team will discuss ways to implement proposals made in a 2011 study on the environmental impact of decades of oil industry operations in Oganiland.

The report called for establishment of a trust fund to counteract the ongoing harm to local communities.

Nick Nuttall is spokesperson at UNEP, which is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

"The discussions will centre around how much the government wishes to pay and how much the oil industry should pay. UNEP had originally said to get things moving that about a billion dollars would be needed into a restoration trust fund, and it's that kind of money that this Special Envoy and his team from UNEP are hoping to get moving, get the funds flowing, so that the restoration can begin."

The UN agency says the environmental restoration of Ogoniland is possible, but could take up to 30 years.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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