Force foreign oil firms to clean-up environment, UN tells Nigeria

Henry Umoru

07 November 2012, Sweetcrude, ABUJA —THE United Nations, UN, Tuesday, said if Nigeria as a country must achieve environmental sustainability, it must force foreign oil companies that must have polluted the communities to engage in a total clean-up of the areas they operate.

According to the apex world body also, if Nigeria must end the present problem of flooding that submerged many communities, rendered many homeless, killed many and property worth millions of naira destroyed, the the government must, as a matter of urgency, partner with the various universities across the country.

These were raised when the Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the UN on Millenium Development Goals, MDGs, Professor Jeffrey D. Sachs led a delegation of three from the world body on a visit to the Chairman, Senate Committee on MDGs, Senator Mohammed Ali Ndume.

Sachs spoke of the United Nations plans towards ensuring the eradication of poverty by 2030 in line with its vision of “achieving environmental sustainability.

He said: “The MDGs had MDGs serving environmental sustainability but I can tell you there was never enough focus on that to really address the scale of the challenge,” he stated.

The envoy also stressed that the UN had already embarked on providing a sustainable Development Solutions Network that would address environmental challenges in issues of flooding, draught, deforestation, desertification, among others.

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  • Agreed, let it be done immediately!

  • This call is as good as asking the Nigerian state to task itself to clean up the polluted environment because it is common knowledge that the government is in league with these oil companies as major equity holder in the joint venture.

  • True, but if we are to face reality and deal with the mess we are in as a nation we have to take responsibility

  • Government is not interested because of the shady deals they have with the multinationals esp. NNPC,please come to the creeks,you will notice that our people are short-changed in in the scheme of our God given resources. The out cry of pollution negligence will in no time have total adverse climate change that will only need God’s intervention it been a farce since the inception of oil discovery. Government in time immemorial has made delibrate attempt in hoarding informations . Oil companies should be located the host comm.where they are producing from. Government should have a rethink and stop betraying her citizens.