Osinbajo flags off Ogoni cleanup after Buhari cancelled trip

FILE PHOTO: FROM LEFT: Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed; Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo, at the Launch of the Clean-Up of Ogoniland And Other Oil-Spill Affected Communities In The Niger Delta at Bodo Town, Gokana Local Government Area of Rivers on Thursday (2/6/16)

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday backed off a proposed trip to Rivers State for the kick-off of the cleanup of Ogoni, delegating Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for the exercise.

The president cancelled the event even after his advanced team had already arrived Ogoni.

The presidency has yet not given any reason for the last-minute cancellation of the trip, which was the second time in less than two weeks that Mr. Buhari would cancel a scheduled event outside Abuja.

On the night of May 22, the president suspended his scheduled official visit to Lagos State fixed for the morning of Monday, May 23, citing “scheduling difficulties” as reason.

Mr. Osinbajo was then detailed to proceed to the nation’s commercial capital to represent Mr. Buhari at the planned presidential working visit.

The clean-up of the heavily polluted Ogoni land was recommended by the United Nation Environmental Programme, UNEP, in its report in 2011.

At the event at Bodo, Gokana Local Government, attended by Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, ministers, and a UN representative, Mr. Buhari, whose address was read by Mr. Osinbajo, warned that the Federal Government would no longer tolerate the current theft and illegal refining of crude oil in the Niger Delta.

He urged the regulators of oil industry to carry out their responsibilities in line with best practices.

“The current oil theft and illegal refining will not be tolerated. The regulators in the oil industries must live up to expectations.

“They must ensure that oil companies carry out their operations in line with universal best services,’’ he said.

The president said the government was laying a foundation for change to ensure the rule of law and safety of the people.

He said the aim was to diversify the nation’s economy and provide jobs and wealth for the people.

According to him, the clean-up of Ogoniland will have sustainable development components will benefit the people.

“The methodology for the clean-up will ensure job creation for young people. The agro-allied industries required for processing of agricultural produce will also be put in place,’’ the president said.

Mr. Buhari also said that approval had been given to set up necessary institutional framework to drive the implementation of the UNEP Report.

Gov. Wike commended Mr. Buhari for launching the implementation of the UNEP Report on Ogoniland.

He said the state government would provide the platform for the smooth implementation of the Report.

The governor said that environmental degradation had affected ecosystem and wild life of communities in the Niger Delta.

The minister of Environment, Amina Mohammed, said the government had taken stock of the work done in the past to start the implementation.

Ms. Mohammed said the implementation “requires transparency, accountability, genuine partnership and proper representation of the people at the grassroots in what we are doing in investing in their future”.

Achim Steiner, Executive Director of UNEP, said the UN would stand with the Nigerian government to ensure the implementation of the Ogoni report.


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  • Debekeme

    A stranger who looks after you or a brother who neglects you. Who is your friend?.

    • Harry

      The devil you know is better than the unknown angel.

      • Debekeme

        You never meet better devil.

    • Henry

      Strangers kill without remorse, but only the corpse’s owner takes it up when it smells. That is the brother.

      • Debekeme

        I’m not sentimental. As i see it so i speak it.

        Germany, Austria, France, and other EU etc take in Millions of Syrian refugees. even USA accept Muslims refugees.

        How many Saudi Arabia , UAE take? How many Muslims help fellow Muslims? No be ”pagan infidels” provide food and shelter and better life for the refugees?

        My guy, speak the truth. All the ND politicians, what have they done for ND? What has Ibori, Odilli, Alams, Uduaghan, Dickson done for poor ND people? Dickson no even fit pay salary for 5 months talk-less of transformational leadership.

        Your brother is who takes care of you. The Bible says let the dead bury the dead. Abeg.

        • share Idea

          Please can you explain to us the details of how government wants to achieve this clean up. How much is in the budget for it this year and how long do they intend to take for its completion. I asked similar question when Cross River state called out Buhari to flag off several hundreds of KMs Dual motor way just a few months after being sworn in.

          Today, can anybody vouch that contractors have moved to the site.

          • Paul Young

            Most of the cleanup is funded by the oil companies especially shell. What Nigerian government is paying out of pocket is not so much

          • Ade Omowest

            This shows your ignorance of the whole issue, UNEP has predicted that the period of the clean-up will be about 30years of continuous attention. But a thousand miles journey starts with a step but Jonathan messed up the whole show by introducing politics that the clean-up must cover Bayelsa and other spots instead of initiating the Ogoni project.

          • Obosi Warrior

            You are interested in knowing how much the clean cost. But you are not interested in knowing how much the combined loot of the ” ijaw famous 5″ ( Odili, Alamesigha, Ibori, Gej, and the frog eye Deziani) that could have been used to do the clean up and even more for the Niger Deltans. Typical of a man eating from the nostrils.

        • IZON Redeemer

          Are u through with burying the those the Fulani soldiers killed in the south east—–? Pls————go and pick up the ibos that the fulanis left behind in the south east and leave ijaws alone–with your regional bad belle———–Yesterday u the Ibos were running all over the place attemtpting to align with the Ijaws–suddenly u escape into your shells after a visit to aso rock—-Soon like it happened in NNDC u will stay on the sidelines serving the Fulanis ati Yorubas— then when the food is ready run to Obasanjo to plead with him to include u in NNDC again————-mumu parasites——Awooooooooooof no get bone—-monkey

        • we cant-trust buhari

          The clean-up follows a 2006 request to the UN by the government for a scientific investigation into the level of pollution in Ogoniland. This led to a three-year, landmark Unep report in 2011 which exposed shocking levels of pollution caused by spills in the region. The report identified 41 grossly polluted sites where oil had entered wells and underground water supplies.

          The study found contamination, sometimes more than 40 years after oil was spilled; community drinking water with dangerous concentrations of benzene and other pollutants; soil contamination more than five metres deep; and evidence of oil firms dumping contaminated soil in unlined pits.unquote————- So tell us how Buhari made this a campaign issue in 2015? Liars————-when we all know the entire project was initiated by Jonathan-reaping from where the Apes in APC did not sow–is a sin against God ati their Allah!

    • IZON Redeemer

      Oil was discovered in 1956–Jonathan became president in 2011——-when and how was Ken Saro wiwa killed-?-Was it not because he cried out against the environment that the Fulanis and Yorubas ati their Ibo surrogates destroyed that was why they connived to have Ken hanged-Yet u talk when u are supposed to shut your smelly human chewing mouth ferom the south east————when an Ijaw man is talking–again who are u———–‘?animals

      • JC Kunle

        Dude, stop this copy and paste stuff. Obviously, this is not working..

  • blueeyedkitten

    most of the people here insulting buhari, are going to be the major beneficiaries of this exercise. yet instead of them to focus on this historic clean up that is about to happen, they’re busy engaging in sentiments, hatred and bigotry.
    what their kinsmen where unable to do for them, is what somebody they always regard as their sworn enemy is doing for them now. but then, a hater will always hate, and hate hard!

    • Omoagunmate

      Abeg tell dem…

    • WHO START AM

      In what appears to be the shocker of the year, a retired northern military officer, Colonel Hassan Sabo has voiced a plot to massacre Niger Deltans using Obasanjo’s crime against humanity, the worthless Odi example.

      Rtd Col. Hassan Sabo threatened to level communities in the Niger Delta just as former President Obasanjo leveled Odi in Bayelsa state.

      Sabo made the threat on live television during Channels TV Programme ‘Sunrise Daily’ while reacting to renewed bombing of oil pipelines. He said, “If I have my way, the Obasanjo leveling of Odi will take place in some of these Niger Delta communities if they don’t fish out those boys”

      “Niger Delta communities should hand in the criminals else they should be dealt the Odi treatment”…………………..

      • bjay

        Niger Deltas please remember what is going on in south Sudan. I pity you all.

  • NazirJos

    You SS terrorists are attacking NIGERIA, while NIGERIA is cleaning the mess which YOU caused. Come to your senses.

    • Izon Redeemer again?

      Ibo manu———The most Satanic comment ever to come of the mouth of a semi Nigerian–Oil was discovered in 1956—–the question should be how many Ogonis own oil blocks—–? Who are the owners of the contract for the clean up-exercise in Ogoni?–How many Ogonis own oil blocks in the Niger delta—Not one Ogoni–man———–Those who control the oil blocks are the Fulanis–Yorubas and Ibos———–Aware the exercise will not go far—Very soon the project will be abandone then we shall begin to hear the usual stories—————-from the Tripod-that-(-Ijaws and Ogonis are lazy and stupid-)——That is what Nigeria is about——————-The (others) do not matter———–They can burn to ashes for all they owners of Nigeria care-to know–Why should it take calls from the United Nations for the Tripod to clean up the mess in Ogoni land–after Buhari and Abacha arranged to have Ken Saro wiwa hanged—-for the Tripod?———-The murder of Ken and his Ogoni brothers will continue to haunt the soul of Buhari and the Yorubas-ati their Ibo collaborators until the break up of the country–So that we can have some peace—-Its is better for us to fight among ourselves than waste our energy on those internal colonizers milking the zone dry—————

      • Nuhu

        You are a demented nitwit! Why do you hate Ibos? It is high time Premium Times blocked your empty head from spunning garbage

        • izon man

          The clean-up follows a 2006 request to the UN by the government for a scientific investigation into the level of pollution in Ogoniland. This led to a three-year, landmark Unep report in 2011 which exposed shocking levels of pollution caused by spills in the region. The report identified 41 grossly polluted sites where oil had entered wells and underground water supplies.

          The study found contamination, sometimes more than 40 years after oil was spilled; community drinking water with dangerous concentrations of benzene and other pollutants; soil contamination more than five metres deep; and evidence of oil firms dumping contaminated soil in unlined pits.unquote————- So tell us how Buhari made this a campaign issue in 2015? Liars————-when we all know the entire project was initiated by Jonathan-reaping from where the Apes in APC did not sow–is a sin against God ati their Allah!………….

      • bjay

        Look at you do you think if Nigeria break up you will have peaceful home to stay in your enclave, please don’t ever dream of it because knowing the tribes of Niger Delta were there’s no cooperation it’s going to worst than south Sudan ok.even Jonathan had said so before.

  • separation is the answer

    Oil was discovered in 1956—–the question should be how many Ogonis own oil blocks—–? Who are the owners of the contract for the clean up-exercise in Ogoni?–How many Ogonis own oil blocks in the Niger delta—Not one Ogoni–man———–Those who control the oil blocks are the Fulanis–Yorubas and Ibos———–Aware the exercise will not go far—Very soon the project will be abandone then we shall begin to hear the usual stories—————-from the Tripod-that-(-Ijaws and Ogonis are lazy and stupid-)——That is what Nigeria is about——————-The (others) do not matter———–They can burn to ashes for all they owners of Nigeria care-to know–Why should it take calls from the United Nations for the Tripod to clean up the mess in Ogoni land–after Buhari and Abacha arranged to have Ken Saro wiwa hanged—-for the Tripod?———-The murder of Ken and his Ogoni brothers will continue to haunt the soul of Buhari and the Yorubas-ati their Ibo collaborators until the break up of the country–So that we can have some peace—-Its is better for us to fight among ourselves than waste our energy on those internal colonizers milking the zone dry—————

  • owhonda

    I was there live at the occasion being a Rivers man. In fact the Ogoni shamed Jonathan. U needed to hear what the traditional ruler of Ogoniland, an 85 year old man said of Jonathan. Jonathan is simply a betrayer, a disaster and also opportunity to the Niger Delta. I am so pained each time I realized what a goldmine the ND just list.
    Nyesome wike was just subdued today and just couldn’t talk well.
    A match and Abe stole the show. With what I saw today, there is no how PDP will win in Ogoniland.
    I commend the President for taking this bold step to clean up Rivers state especially Ogoniland. He is indeed our brother in deeds not like Jonathan who claims to be a brother but could not do anything for us in 6 years.

    • IZON Redeemer

      Ibo man what type of point are u making–here———————–?Again who kick started the UNEP report? Was it not Jonathan-after Obj delayed it-see how evil some of u Ibos can be–u were there live so what-? The project was started in 2006 when Obj was still president.- of Nigeria–what is really wrong with the brain of u Nigerians who think the country belongs to Ibos –Yorubas and Fulanis-

      • bjay

        It’s shame for you all for rubbish comments against our national development

    • IZON Redeemer

      The clean-up follows a 2006 request to the UN by the government for a scientific investigation into the level of pollution in Ogoniland. This led to a three-year, landmark Unep report in 2011 which exposed shocking levels of pollution caused by spills in the region. The report identified 41 grossly polluted sites where oil had entered wells and underground water supplies.

      The study found contamination, sometimes more than 40 years after oil was spilled; community drinking water with dangerous concentrations of benzene and other pollutants; soil contamination more than five metres deep; and evidence of oil firms dumping contaminated soil in unlined pits.unquote————- So tell us how Buhari made this a campaign issue in 2015? Liars————-when we all know the entire project was initiated by Jonathan-reaping from where the Apes in APC did not sow–is a sin against God ati their Allah!

    • Otile

      You sound like an ape in APC reaping where you did not sow. This is a mandate from UN that started way back, and now the apes are taking credit. This is not about PDP and APC. The credit goes to UNEP. Of all the $billions Buhahari has been borrowing since last year how much did he allocate for Niger Delta?

      Shame on you rouges. Buhari will not get away with the injustice he is doing to SE SS.

      • Wale

        The credit goes to this present administration; Jonathan had the same report from UNEP in the year 2011 but sat his fat butt on it.This government is trying to make some sense by cleaning the mess Jonathan turned his back to, give credit to where its due.

        • Otile

          Why did Buhari crap out of this occasion? What is his excuse for goodness sake? Are you not ashamed of him that he chickened out because Avenger boys threatened him? Do you really believe they were going to kill him?

          His own life is so precious to him but he sends armed security agents to shoot and kill unarmed civilians in Igboland. Up till now he has said nothing about the massacre his agents committed in Igbloand on the 31th of May. No justice not peace.

      • Rommel

        What at all is wrong with you people? yesterday,you claimed it was initiated under Jonathan,@IZON Redeemer said it was in 2006 under OBJ,what matters is who had the guts to begin the process and who made it a promise to be fulfilled? whatever your biff, PMB is the man.

        • Julius

          What is wrong with them is pure hatred. Facts do not matter to people like otile. His next irrelevant garbage spew will be about the President cert and his English language. Na so for them. Otile actually thinks that Buhari cares about what he has to say or do.

  • IZON Redeemer

    The clean-up follows a 2006 request to the UN by the government for a scientific investigation into the level of pollution in Ogoniland. This led to a three-year, landmark Unep report in 2011 which exposed shocking levels of pollution caused by spills in the region. The report identified 41 grossly polluted sites where oil had entered wells and underground water supplies.

    The study found contamination, sometimes more than 40 years after oil was spilled; community drinking water with dangerous concentrations of benzene and other pollutants; soil contamination more than five metres deep; and evidence of oil firms dumping contaminated soil in unlined pits.unquote————- So tell us how Buhari made this a campaign issue in 2015? Liars————-when we all know the entire project was initiated by Jonathan-reaping from where the Apes in APC did not sow–is a sin against God ati their Allah!

    • bjay

      What’s your problem?

    • Rommel

      At least your own version is slightly adjusted because some of your brothers claimed it was initiated by Jonathan in 2011,unless you were busy following money like all Jonathan supporters otherwise,you would have heard it loud and clear during the campaigns that it was a priority project for the APC.

  • Abidilagungun

    What do we really need Buhari for? Co-President Osinbajo has been doing well. Next time, state governors, just go straight and invite Osinbajo

    • IZON Redeemer

      @owhonda:disqus blue kitten——–the white man created toys to amuse their kids——————so stop acting like a human toy on display somewhere in the desert–buhari should not shy away from his responsibilities to the nation–he is not wanted in the niger delta—————-

  • kingbaabu

    Buhari, keep doing good. One day your detractors, every last one of them, will be put to utter shame. God bless Saro Wiwa’s memory.

    • IZON Redeemer

      Do u people have conscience at all–go to church on Sundays and Fridays to the Mosque to pray to God—ati Allah while u keep on lying here—————–haba–UNEP report was designed by the UN and the Government of Obj ati Jonathan———————–not Buhari

    • separation is the answer

      Monkey where was Buhari when Ken Saro WIWA was hanged ba Abacha-was Buhari not in charge of PTF when Abacha hanged him –sadly u are an Ibo man with yr rotten past buried in your Biafran dream———-so keep on fooling yourself while yr people mourn

  • IZON Redeemer

    How much oil revenue has accrued to the Fulanis and the Yorubas-central government since 1956? Let us know pls—–Aware oil was discovered in the Niger delta-in 1956-Sadly the animals call for understanding after Buhari supervised the hanging of Ken Sarowiwa–How many Ogonis own oil blocks in Nigeria?———–Not even one Ogoni man–Amaechi should go and sit down in his dirty thieving past—————Buhari was imposed on 9jas –with oil revenue-from the Niger Delta—–not money from their fake cottons or groundnut pyramids————Jonathan earmarked more money for the clean up than the government of Buhari——————————–Yesterday the Fulani and Yorubas fooled us-in d SS——–never again——forward ever backward never———

    • Rommel

      How many inches of land was cleaned in Ogoni by the Jonathan administration that earmarked more money than Buhari as you said? besides,Jonathan had access to more money than all previous administrations put together,remember also that there are stronger forces that determine how much oil is priced on the international market,Niger delta insurgency only raises concerns about production quota which plays minimal roles in price fluctuations of few cents.Remember also that Jonathan did not share all the money he made with Nigeria so about 80% of the oil sold under the Jonathan administration disappeared into the pockets of his friends and cronies without reaching government coffers.This means that your people can no longer claim marginalization,you are rather the ones that have marginalized Nigerians who provide the food you eat everyday.

      • IZON Redeemer

        Ibo man the first question u should have asked your dirty regional soul, is who initiated the move—to have the Ogoni oil sleeks cleaned up–?—-Was it the government of Buhari or Jonathan-?–Sometimes u the Ibos just post rubbish without taking the pains to study the issue very critically—U pen comments to raise the flag of the Ibo Nation for the Fulanis—–ati Yorubas——————without thinking it through—How did Jonathan obtain more money than any other government in the country–During the Obasanjo era–Oil sold at 145 dollars per barrel————————it went down considerably—to 39 dollars per barrel–Now the Niger Delta freedom fighters have upped it to 50 dollars———-Only 15 percent of the Revenue came from the oil sector —during the era of Jonathan——–The rest from D Agric sector and revenue from Customs—Under Buhari Customs revenue including that of oil have all gone down——–Yet an Ibo am is busy praising the misdeeds of Buhari-what a shame

        • Rommel

          Under Obasanjo,Oil sold for $145 for only two weeks and then it crashed to $35 while the production due to Niger delta insurgency as we have today brought output to less than 1 million pbd which means nothing was gained,can you see your perfidy? even truth is a rare commodity for people like you

  • IZON Redeemer

    @rommel–The president speaks on the Nigerian economy and polity without any filters and his comments are causing his chickens to roost with devastating consequences for all of us. Never in the history of Nigeria has there been such a divestment of investment as we have seen in the past year. Truworths has pulled out of Nigeria, Virgin Atlantic has closed up shop, Iberia is pulling out, RenCap is pulling funds from Nigeria, both Alquity Investment Management Ltd. and Duet Asset Management Ltd. are divesting their Nigeria holding. Zenith Bank laid off 1,200 staff, FCMB let go 700 employees, Ecobank sacked 50 per cent of its top management staff.

    The President of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Tony Ejinkeonye, revealed that in just two months, 50,000 staff were laid off in Abuja alone. The results are telling.

    A little over a year ago, Nigeria was projected by CNNMoney to be the third fastest growing economy in the world behind China and Qatar, yet just two weeks ago, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released its World Economic Outlook and Nigeria is not even among the top 15 fastest growing economies in Africa let alone the world!

    • Pat

      What you listed are cumulative effects of looting spree of Nigeria treasury over the years by shameless looters in power in the years preceding emergence of Buhari presidency. Since you are a strong supporter of the looters as being confirmed by your support for their avengers that claimed to be avenging their exit against the state, you lack moral credibility to complain about Nigeria state of economy. You never want the economy to do well anyway. It is your belief that the success of Buhari administration will be your failure which you are already.

  • thusspokez

    Ogoniland

    What does this really mean? It sounds like a remote Island.

    Are there similar places called:

    Fulaniland
    Hausaland
    Yorubaland
    IjawLand
    Iboland

    etc

  • thusspokez

    “The methodology for the clean-up will ensure job creation for young people. The agro-allied industries required for processing of agricultural produce will also be put in place,’’ the president said.

    Let’s hope so. This is not like cleaning streets; the process requires professional skills. The cleaners need good training in cleaning technology and an understanding of health and safety for their own protection whilst on the job.