Oil pollution: FEC okays N1.4bn for remediation project

Marcus Amudipe
Marcus Amudipe


The Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved spending N1.4 billion to purchase cars for the Ogoniland, Rivers State, oil pollution remediation project.

This information was disclosed by Environment Minister Mohammed Abdullahi to reporters in the House of Representatives following the FEC meeting on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, which was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

According to Abdullahi, the vehicles are essential for the efficient oversight of initiatives on polluted areas.

“Today, I sent a memo to the council asking for permission to buy certain vehicles for the oil pollution remediation project on behalf of the Ministry of the Environment.

“You recall that the council approved various projects including energy for the Ogoni people and the cleanup of some toxic sites at the end of December last year.

“It was permitted because we wanted to make sure that this project was effectively supervised, especially in the five water projects.

“And the next 16 water schemes, the proposed coastal remediation, the proposed Center of Excellence to be built within Ogoniland, and in view of the fact that we are going to regularly inspect experts from outside the country, there is a need to provide vehicles of the project so that they can effectively inspect, supervise, and monitor the remedial exercise.

As a result, the FEC today authorized spending N1.4 billion on just Messrs Mujaf Automobile Nigeria Ltd.’s provision of 31 vehicles for the project.

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