The groups solicited support from notable universities and laboratories in the country to assist in the project.
The National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, said on Friday that it is determined to partner with the Hydro-carbon Pollution Restoration Project, HYPREP, towards the clean-up of the environment in Ogoniland as well as the pursuit of other hydro-carbon pollution remediation activities in the country.
The National Co-ordinator of HYPREP, Joy Okunnu, who was speaking during a visit to NOSDRA headquarters in Abuja, said that allegations of role conflict between the two agencies were untrue.
She said the significance of the visit was for HYPREP to interact with NOSDRA to smoothen the rough ages of their relations, adding that since the establishment of the agency in June 2012, following the release of the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, report, the body had gone beyond formulating the modalities for the Ogoni clean-up and restoration project.
The coordinator solicited foreign support from notable universities and laboratories in the country to assist in the project, particularly in providing portable water for some of the affected communities in the region.
She declared that HYPREP was committed to partnering with NOSDRA in other vital areas like efforts to combat crude oil theft by providing alternative means of livelihood for perpetrators; provision of third-tier certification of oil firms with regard to oil clean-up and remediation and; socio-economic development of oil-impacted communities.
The Director General/Chief Executive Officer of NOSDRA, Peter Idabor, who acknowledged the crucial role played by his agency in the articulation of the Ogoni clean-up/restoration document prepared by the UNEP, noted that the maiden meeting between the two organisations was timely as it would avail them the opportunity to streamline areas of cooperation and collaboration in oil spill and chemical effluent matters.
Mr. Idabor identified some of the areas of cooperation between the two organisations as Ogoni restoration project, lubricant waste management, and sharing of data and information.
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