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₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by divinehand2003(m): 6:40am On May 02
The relative peace being enjoyed in the oil-rich Niger Delta may be under threat as some oil producing communities in the region are not happy with the delay in the payment of the alleged N98billion oil pollution compensation fund being promised by the federal government.

Speaking with a cross-section of some community heads in the region they confided in The Nation that the monies were approved during the twilight of the then President Goodluck Jonathan administration and was expected to be paid by President Muhammadu Buhari after due diligence was conducted.

But that was not to be as the government white paper on the payment was still gathering dust on the shelves, the community heads lamented.

Confirming this development, Chief Prof. Jasper Jumbo, Chairman/CEO, Niger Delta Projects Consortium Limited, while fielding question from our correspondent on the sidelines of the “Stakeholders Forum on The Environment” facilitated by the Institute of Directors Nigeria (IoD) Port Harcourt chapter, recently, recalled that he was part of those who drafted the recommendations made by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)which suggested some form of compensation to be paid by oil companies to communities affected by oil spillage.

Specifically, Prof. Jumbo said the agreed levies and compensation the federal government was meant to pay the affected communities in the oil-rich Niger Delta was over N98billion, but which it is yet to pay almost seven years later.

Such delay, the elderstatesman noted, was not in the best interest of the people of the region as it negates the principle of equity and fairness and in fact could precipitate crisis in the region if not handled with tact and diplomacy.

“With the general insecurity in the country the delay in the disbursement of the oil spill compensation fund is a trigger any day,” he warned, adding that it was better to prevent a breakdown of law and order by ensuring that due compensations are paid to the affected communities.

It may be recalled that Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari, in August 2017 set in motion a $1 billion clean-up and restoration programme of the Ogoniland region in the Niger Delta, announcing that financial and legislative frameworks had been put in place to begin implementing recommendations made by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Besides, it recommended the creation of an Environmental Restoration Fund (ERF) for Ogoniland with a capital of $1bn, to be co-funded by the federal government, Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and Shell.

A year later, the Nigerian government established the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP), an agency under the ministry of the environment with the mandate to implement the environmental clean-up programme in Ogoniland.

In 2016, the government then launched a $1bn clean-up and restoration programme of the Ogoniland, with $200m to be released every year.

The cleanup exercise later took off in 2019, eight years after UNEP’s recommendation.

Checks by our correspondent revealed that so far, $360m has been released to HYPREP out of which less than $30m has been spent, making cleanup slow.

Meanwhile, the federal government says it is prepared to regain lost time occasioned by a slip in achieving some timelines in the implementation of the UNEP Report.


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Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by orikoku: 6:41am On May 02
How can I get my share of this money now.

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Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by lucky999: 6:42am On May 02
orikoku:
How can I get my share of this money now.

our polithieveciance will share the money among themselves grin

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Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by divinehand2003(m): 6:46am On May 02
This present administration makes promises they can never implement. That N98billion can be said to be "the more you look, the less you see it".

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Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by Tab4kids(f): 7:22am On May 02
cool
Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by Seniorwriter(m): 7:22am On May 02
Not Surprised ....
The present political sects will rather approve and pay up their humongous toiletries allowances or pay bandits & kidnappers rather than compensate the needful citizens!

@Seniorwriter

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Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by Abboki: 7:22am On May 02
Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by helinues: 7:22am On May 02
grin

Niger Delta people don't have any external enemy...

Give them money or political position and see them tearing themselves apart...

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Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by fasho01(m): 7:24am On May 02
The enemy of the ND is their greedy sons

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Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by omowolewa: 7:25am On May 02
98Billion!

That's a big deal
Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by ictjobber: 7:25am On May 02
Hmm
Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by Akwamkpuruamu: 7:25am On May 02
Kasala
Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by BOOOMNAIJA: 7:26am On May 02
Useless thread.

Nairalanders, let's move to the next thread o jare!

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Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by PatrioticmanOO7(m): 7:27am On May 02
Oil has been a curse to this people. A serious curse.

What they own, they hardly enjoy it. At least the common man there doesnt benefit 1 cent from it.

The irony is, on facebook, you still catch some of them fighting their Igbo neighbours... Their own relatives by blood. Meanwhile the vultures they left unattended are chewing down on them, crushing and sucking all from their lands completely dry.


The sadness of this case makes one understand that mankind is evil.

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Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by GboyegaD(m): 7:27am On May 02
Same same, corruption every where.
Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by pointstores(m): 7:27am On May 02
Nawa
Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by paulolee(m): 7:28am On May 02
more billions to loot...am even surprised this one enter new....before na after d looting we de hear about am
Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by Sonoyom(m): 7:28am On May 02
Oo
Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by OmovuduTheBeast(f): 7:28am On May 02
musa234:
Very weak people with no balls. They are supposed to be the richest in Nigeria but their leaders have shortchanged them.. The common Niger delta man has no say.

YOU BETTER SHUT UP THERE!!!

UNITY BEGGAR

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Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by Franzinni: 7:28am On May 02
Haha where the 2 billion wey remain

Dem don raba the raba.
Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by renegades(m): 7:29am On May 02
Marginalisation
Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by Gkay1(m): 7:29am On May 02
money and problem are like 5 & 6
Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by thundafire: 7:29am On May 02
My problem with Nigerians. They will collect the money and chop yet wouldn't do the job,that will benefit them,yet the useless youths will blame government,yes Nigeria government have been useless too

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Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by OmovuduTheBeast(f): 7:29am On May 02
helinues:
grin

Niger Delta people don't have any external enemy...

Give them money or political position and see them tearing themselves apart...

SHUT UP THERE!!!

YOU SHOULD BE MORE CONCERNED WITH HOW TO FEED PROPERLY.

YOU NEED BALANCED DIET BUT IT IS OBVIOUS YOU CAN'T AFFORD IT

COLLECTING CRUMBS AND PEANUTS THROWN AT YOU AS STIPENDS NOR BE WORK.

IT CANNOT BETTER YOUR LIFE

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Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by slimjosh231(m): 7:30am On May 02
Criminals.
Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by Akwaibomdude(m): 7:30am On May 02
Las las...we no go see am follow chop. So everyone should keep quiet... greedy mofos
Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by specialmati(m): 7:30am On May 02
grin grin grin grin and there was a country
Re: ₦98 Billion Oil Pollution Fund Stirs Controversy In Niger Delta Communities by musa234(m): 7:31am On May 02
Very weak people with no balls. They are supposed to be the richest in Nigeria but their leaders have shortchanged them.. The common Niger delta man has no say.

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