President Muhammadu Buhari has approved a 13-member Governing Council and 10-member Board of Trustees (BOT), for the cleanup of Ogoniland in Rivers. The Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed, announced this in statement given to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), by Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr Bukar Hassan, in Abuja on Saturday.
The minister said the structures would ensure inclusiveness, accountability, transparency and sustainability of the exercise. Mohammed acknowledged the concerns raised by stakeholders on the perceived slow pace of the clean up, saying “Nigerians have a right to voice their concerns”, but called for patience.
“We have responsibility to deliver. The launch was the first step in a 30-year journey. We continue to make strides toward the implementation.