Federal government, through the Federal Ministry of Environment, has frowned at the report that some dubious individuals may use the opportunity of the Oginilan clean-up project to extort money from tunsuspecting people of the Niger Delta communities.
This was contained in a press statement signed and made available to Nigerian Pilot by the ministry’s director of press, Yusuf Ishika Alhaji, in Abuja, yesterday.
The statement warned that any body or group caught in any act such as forgery of Federal government agencies letter, or extorting money from the people for the purpose of the Ogoniland clean-up project will be made to face the full wrath of the law.
The federal government, therefore, urged the public to report anybody, group and organization collecting money from people for the clean-up exercise to the police or any other law enforcement agencies.
It revealed that since the official flag-off of the clean up, by the President Muhammadu Buhari ,the Ministry has been consulting with the stakeholders in the Niger Delta with a view to ensure proper commencement of the clean-up project.
The statement warned that federal government in collaboration with other stakeholders in the oil industry was funding the project and had “not and will not” authorise or contract individuals, groups and or organisations to collect money from the good people of the Niger Delta on behalf of the government for the purpose of cleaning -up of Ogoniland and other oil impacted communities in the Niger Delta region.
It reassured that federal government was committed in ensuring the transparent and successful clean-up of Ogoniland

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