Spokesperson for the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), Ekaete Umo, says the Ogoni clean-up project has created job opportunity for about 800 youths on the 21 remediation sites as well as about 200 Ogoni youths in the Project Coordination Office (PCO)
“In January 2019, 21 contractors were handed over remediation sites in Eleme, Tai, Khana and Gokana Local Government areas of Ogoni. Today, remediation works are on-going on various sites and the contractors are at different stages of work in the impacted communities across Ogoniland. Since the commencement of remediation on all the 21 sites across the four Local Government Areas of Ogoniland, contractors have made tremendous progress and have achieved different levels of progress on their sites. At present, most of the contractors have achieved the first 30% milestone as structured in the contract.
“In carrying out its core mandate of remediating oil impacted sites in Ogoniland, HYPREP is also carrying out activities to empower and provide alternative livelihood for the people of Ogoni. The remediation works going on across Ogoniland has provided employment opportunities for about 800 youths on the 21 remediation sites as well as about 200 Ogoni youths in the Project Coordination Office (PCO). Overall, HYPREP has generated about 1000 jobs for youths of Ogoni.
The statement also states that HYPREP has carried out two medical outreaches in all the four Local Government Areas of Ogoniland, and embarked on Capacity building for over 400 women in Ogoni land.