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Today is a significant day for the Niger Delta. Commencement of Handover of sites to qualified contractors in first phase of remediation of 21 lots across the 4 LGAs of Ogoniland. Handover will be followed by mobilization of equipment & personnel to sites for the actual clean-up.
Of course some will ask ‘Why now?’ Answer: If you’ve followed the Clean Up news you’ll realize that the procurement process (by which these contractors were selected) has been ongoing for a while.
Has taken time cos:
1. Remediation is major work
2. Procurement is time-consuming
[When I say remediation is major work I mean to say the ‘Clean Up’ is not ‘environmental sanitation’. It’s a complex technical endeavor

NB. Alongside Remediation work, there will be work along the lines of provision of potable water, livelihood training & health impact studies.]
I’ll share a rough timeline of the Ogoniland Clean-Up:

May 2016: 4 Committees inaugurated to commence preparation for the clean-up

June 2016: formal launch of the Programme

July 2016: PMB approves Governing Council & Board of Trustees (BOT) for the cleanup (inaugurated Aug 4)
Sept 2016: The 4 Committees submitted reports

Feb 2017:
-Ground-breaking ceremony for construction of Integrated Contaminated Soil Management Centre in Bori New City, Khana LGA,Ogoniland

-Demonstration project for clean-up technology launched in multiple sites across Ogoniland
April 2017: Ogoni Trust Fund Escrow agreement signed at the Presidential Villa, presided over by VP Osinbajo. $180m mobilized from oil companies (NNPC/Shell/JVs), into escrow account with Standard Chartered Bank UK, overseen by @HYPREPNigeria Board of Trustees.
July 2017: Request for expression of interest & invitation for pre-qualification for implementation of Health Impact Assessments, assessment & rehabilitation of existing water facilities in Ogoniland, Environmental Consultancy for Scoping and assessment of oil impacted sites etc
In summary: 2017 was devoted to preliminary/foundational work for the main clean up: community visits and sensitization, Stakeholder Meetings, Livelihood Training for communities, Site Assessments and Demonstrations of Remediation Technologies, Data Collection and Studies, etc
March 2018: INVITATION FOR PRE-QUALIFICATION OF CONTRACTORS FOR REMEDIATION OF HYDROCARBON IMPACTED SITES IN OGONILAND BY FEDERAL MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT @FMEnvng etenders.com.ng/hydrocarbon-po…

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June 2018: PUBLICATION OF LIST OF PREQUALIFIED COMPANIES FOR REMEDIATION OF HYDROCARBON IMPACTED SITES IN OGONILAND, by @HYPREPNigeria hyprep.gov.ng/2018/06/29/lis…

>400 companies went through technical evaluation, 183 were prequalified to submit financial bids, according to Ministry
Sept 2018: “@HYPREPNigeria has begun last round of selection of pre-qualified companies to carry out the implementation of the cleanup of oil-impacted sites in Ogoniland.”

This final selection (technical + financial) produced a final list of 21 companies sweetcrudereports.com/2018/09/26/hyp…
November 2018: this Briefing by Min @FMEnvng, noting that they were getting to end of the procurement process. “The Minister said 5 of the 21 lots which are beyond the threshold of the tenders board and Gov Council will be forwarded to FEC for approval.” premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines…
November 2018: “Mr Jibril said this is the first time the Nigerian government has put a machinery in place for the exercise. ‘No government in the last 30, 40 years of oil pollution has done what this government is doing now.’” premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines…
January 2019: Finally, the commencement of the actual Remediation Process. The last two years plus have been preparation for today: the commencement of Handover of sites to contractors. 21 selected companies (in 1st Phase), mobilizing to sites across the 4 LGAs of Ogoniland.
I’ll close w a July 2016 quote from fmr Min @FMEnvng, @AminaJMohammed, under whose watch the CleanUp started:

“The launch was the 1st step in a 30-year journey... We ask for patience as we lay solid foundations for the cleanup. The context is complex & stakeholders are diverse.“
And for one last word from our sponsors:

REMEDIATION IS NOT SANITATION, plis dears.

Thank you and God bless Ogoniland, God bless the Niger Delta, and God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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