Ogoni clean-up: NDDC begins training for technical assistants

The Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission, Dr Nsima Ekere, on Friday hosted a two-day training workshop for technical assistants in the Ogoni clean-up and remediation project at the conference hall of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

According to the PUNCH, Ekere, who was represented by the NDDC Director, Special Duties, Dr. Princewill Ekanim, said that the commission would collaborate with Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation project, to provide the necessary support in the effort to tackle the environmental concerns of the Ogoni people and restore their native occupation of farming and fishing.

“There are over 5,000 impacted sites in the Niger Delta region and about 25 per cent are in Ogoniland,” he said.

The NDDC stressed the need to make the exercise a success to provide the road map to the clean-up of all hydrocarbon impacted sites in the Niger Delta region.

Ekere said, “The commission is to work with oil companies operating in the region and other stakeholders to carry out this task.’’

The Project Coordinator for HYREP, Dr. Marvin Dekil, underscored the essence of the training on oil spill assessment, stating that it would develop the capacity of the young environmental scientists as well as foster the involvement of the Ogoni community in the project.