The Federal Government has inaugurated the Central Representative Advisory Committee (CRAC), for the clean-up of Ogoniland In Rivers state.
The Committee is expected to serve as an all-inclusive and multi-faceted approach to the Ogoniland cleanup, with a clear mandate to act as a bridge between stakeholders, communities, groups, and the Hydrocarbon Pollution and Remediation Project, HYPREP on all issues relating to a successful project execution.
Speaking during the inauguration of the committee in Abuja, the Minister of Environment, Surv. Suleiman Hassan Zarma said the Federal Government was careful to note that in the process of executing the cleanup project, there may arise issues from several areas that will require resolution.
The Minister pointed out that it was in consideration of the fact that it was embedded in the HYPREP Gazette the establishment of Central Representatives Advisory Committee (CRAC).
Your nomination to serve in the committee is another level provided for you to continue in the pursuit of the restoration of Ogoniland. It is also a result of the trust your people have in you to be a true representative and to help guide HYPREP and the Federal Government by extension to resolve issues that may arise without bias and without resorting to litigation, he said.
Speaking on behalf of the Ogoniland Council of Traditional Rulers, HRH, Sir Samuel L.A. Nnee, the Gbenemene Tua-Tua and paramount Ruler of Kpite, Tai, who is also a member of the committee, assured that with the inauguration of the committee, there will be peace in Ogoniland henceforth.
We have been following with satisfaction the progress being made on the Ogoniland cleanup exercise. We are happy with what is going on and henceforth, there would be peace.
The 10 member committee is expected to mediate, counsel, advice, reconcile and recommend appropriate actions where applicable with the impacted communities, stakeholders and Rivers State Government as targets, to ensure a hitch free clean-up exercise.
Source: Voice of Nigeria