Land Remediation

The Nigerian Federal Ministry of Environment has initiated the implementation of the recommendations outlined in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report regarding the environmental impact of hydrocarbon contamination on Ogoniland. The Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) has been tasked with executing these recommendations. As part of this initiative, the Project has commenced remediation activities on some of the affected land areas identified by UNEP, encompassing a total of 65 sites across the four Local Government Areas of Ogoniland. These sites have been categorized into various phases to facilitate a systematic approach to the remediation process. At present, HYPREP has initiated land remediation works in the following phases:

Phase 1 Remediation Works

Phase 1 Remediation Works primarily targeted sites with minimal contamination, particularly those with shallow soil layers that did not impact the groundwater. This phase was executed in two batches known as Phase 1 Batch 1 and 2 Remediation Works. Phase 1 Batch 1 involved the remediation of eight sites, which were subdivided into 21 lots and allocated to contractors for remediation work. Phase 1 Batch 2 addressed 12 sites, divided into 29 lots, which were also assigned to contractors for remediation efforts. Overall, Phase 1 addressed 20 out of the 65 sites, resulting in the reclamation of 229,854.00 sq.m (22.99ha) of arable land.

Phase 2 Remediation Works

The Phase 2 Remediation Works, focuses on remediating contaminated soil and groundwater across 16 medium-risk sites, encompassing a surface area of 1,215,814.00 (121.58ha) of arable land. These 16 sites have been subdivided into 39 lots, which have been contracted out to execute the remediation activities. HYPREP has taken appropriate measures to ensure that the remediation process is carried out with due diligence and according to UNEP’s recommendations. This initiative by HYPREP and the Federal Ministry of Environment underscores their commitment to environmental conservation and the well-being of the Ogoniland community.
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