The House of Representatives has succeeded in brokering peace between Bodo and other communities in Ogoniland, and oil companies operating in the area over fresh oil spillages in the land.
Members of the House Committee on Host Communities, while on the spot assessment and a round table between all parties at the weekend, recommended that HYPREP should carry out cleanup remediation and restoration on affected sites.
Chairman of the House Committee on Host Communities and member representing Khana/Gokana Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Dumnamene Robinson Dekor while addressing stakeholders, directed the Hydrocarbon Pollution and Remediation Project’ (HYPREP) to carry out the cleanup, remediation and restoration of the affected sites in all affected communities.
Directing that the Bodo oil spill be also included in the exercise, Hon. Dum Dekor stated that HYPREP should be allowed immediate access to the polluted sites for proper assessment as earlier hinted preparatory to the cleanup remediation and restoration.
Acknowledging the efforts of the House of Representatives, all parties present, pledged their commitments to all the resolutions reached.
Some of the affected communities spoke through their spokespersons.
“The condition in our water fronts is so pathetic. You saw it all when you visited there. Our people are not farming.
Their health conditions are worsening, particularly the very commoners whose means of likelihoods are derived from those water fronts”, they echoed.
The Projects Coordinator of HYPREP, Dr. Ferdinand Giadom, while speaking said outcomes and recommendations of the House Committee are laudable.
“I want to say that the affected communities can go home with assurance that the recommendations of the House Committee will be carried out” Ferdinand Giadom
The House had in July, 2921, following a petition from the affected communities, mandated the Committee to carry out on the spot assessment of activities with a view to cleaning the oil spill which had a devastating effect on communities.