FG clears 140 contractors on Ogoni clean-up

The federal government yesterday said 140 contractors from 400 firms that indicated interest in the Ogoniland oil spill remediation exercise have been certified.

It stated that the selected firms would be invited to present financial implication of the cleanup with expectations to get Federal Executive Council (FEC) approval by August.

The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibril disclosed this during a briefing to commemorate 2018 World Environment Day (WED) at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja.

“We have more than 400 contractors who indicated first and we are done with the analysis. Preliminary figure is giving us a figure of about 140 that are prequalified.

“These are the ones that when we finally get the figures, we would invite them to submit their financial duty and that process would continue in the whole of June-July and we hope that by August we should be able to get to the FEC to give approval for whatever remediation consultancy that we give,” he said.

Jibril restated commitment of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to realising successful cleanup and safe air quality.

According to him, Osinbajo had signed an ESCO agreement to open an account in collaboration with partners for the Ogoni clean-up.

Jibril said the Vice President, who intervened in issues of air quality and air pollution problem in Rivers State, already ordered the constitution of an inter -ministerial committee of all relevant agencies to address the issue.

He identified 11 sources of pollution and stressed that the committee would work assiduously to address these issues to eliminate the sources and get a cleaner environment and a better air quality in Port Harcourt.

-Credit: thenation