*Inter-ministerial committee to address air pollution problem in Rivers
In commemoration of 2018 World’s Environment Day (WED), The Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibril , disclosed that the Federal Government recently certified 140 contractors from 400 firms that indicated interest in the Ogoni land oil spill remediation exercise.
Speaking further on the selected contractors, the Minister said, “These are the ones that when we finally get the figures, we would invite them to submit their financial duty and the process would continue in the whole of June-July and we hope that by August, we should be able to get to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to give approval for whatever remediation consultancy that we give.”
The Nation reported that the Minister, in a press briefing, reassured the people of the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s devotion towards the realization of a successful clean up and safe air quality. Backing this statement up, he said that Vice President had signed an ESCO agreement to open an account in affiliation with partners for the ogoni clean-up.
He added that the Vice President had ordered the constitution of an inter-ministerial committee of all relevant agencies to address the issue of air quality and air pollution problem in Rivers State.
The minister concluded the briefing, identifying 11 liable sources of pollution and emphasized that the committee would work diligently to tackle the current environmental crisis in Port Harcourt, and eventually improve its environmental status.