The Director General of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Mr. Idris Musa, has applauded the flag off for construction of three landmark projects by President Muhammadu Buhari in Ogoniland in Rivers State, describing it as a remarkable achievement of the Buhari administration.
The groundbreaking ceremony, which took place at Wiiyaakara community in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State on Friday, attracted eminent personalities from all walks of life including the NOSDRA Director General, among others.
The projects for construction are the Ogoni power project, Ogoni specialist hospital and Ogoni Centre of Excellence for Environmental Restoration.
Musa, who spoke in an interview said President Buhari has shown uncommon and unwavering commitment in improving the lots and wellbeing of the Ogoni people since 2016, when his administration flagged off the clean-up of oil spill polluted and impacted sites in Ogoniland.
According to him, 37 out of 64 impacted sites in the area have so far been successfully remediated and certified by NOSDRA in the ongoing clean-up project.
He further expressed delight that the Buhari administration which had initiated the process of remediating the polluted environment in Ogoniland in 2016 is part of the process of providing power supply, water supply, health facility and a Centre of Excellence in the area as recommended in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Report, stressing that with the clean-up of some impacted sites, provision of water supply and power supply, among others, the UNEP Report is more than 50 percent implemented under the Buhari administration.
Musa thanked President Buhari for his reappointment as the Director General of NOSDRA, saying, the gesture would propel him and his team to do more for the country and the people.
He expressed joy that he had been part and parcel of the processes of cleaning up Ogoniland as a former Director of Operations of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) and also ensuring that the Ogoni environment is actually kept clean through NOSDRA supervision and certification.
Musa, who is a workaholic, is, of course, a hard working administrator, striving effortlessly to reposition NOSDRA.
He is obviously a high flyer; a square peg in a square hole.
His untiring efforts in mitigating oil and gas pollution in Ogoniland and several other parts of Nigeria are yielding fruitful results.