August 2017 - Recent Developments to Implement UNEP Report Recommendations
SPDC JV is committed to the implementation of the UNEP Report and welcomes FGN efforts to progress its implementation, including the creation of Governing Council (GC) and Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Ogoni Restoration Fund (ORF) in Aug 2016 to oversee and fund the clean-up process.
SPDC JV is represented on both the GC and BoT and will continue to actively support the clean-up process along with other stakeholders within a transparent governance framework.
SPDC JV applauds the ground-breaking ceremony in February 2017 of the Integrated Contaminated Soil Management Centre, which will help create employment opportunities in Ogoniland and facilitate the acquisition of skills in the treatment of contaminated soils.
SPDC JV commits to support HYPREP and the HYPREP Project Coordinator (Dr. Marvin Barinen Dekil) in the clean-up process.
SPDC JV has made available the $10 million take-off fund for HYPREP as part of its contribution towards funding its share of the ORF.
SPDC JV remains fully committed to continue supporting and contributing its share to the ORF within the appropriate framework and governance structures. We encourage all relevant stakeholders to also remain committed to contributing their share to the ORF.
- SPDC JV continues to implement several initiatives to prevent and minimise the impact of crude oil theft and illegal refining in Ogoniland and other parts of the Niger Delta where it operates. For example: community-based pipeline surveillance,
- awareness campaigns, and
- the promotion of alternative livelihood programmes, such as Shell’s youth entrepreneurship programme, Shell LiveWIRE.
The UNEP Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released its Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland in August 2011. The report was commissioned by and delivered to the Federal Government of Nigeria. It makes recommendations to the government, the oil and gas industry and communities to begin a comprehensive cleanup of Ogoniland, restore polluted environments and put an end to all forms of ongoing oil contamination in the region.