Monday, July 25, 2011

Ogoni pollution: ERA decries delayed release of UNEP report

Business Day
21 July 2011

Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) and other civil society groups have cautioned the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) against further delay on the planned release of its two-year assessment of the environmental and public health impacts of oil spills in Ogoniland.

In a statement issued in Lagos, ERA/FoEN said the people of Ogoniland and the entire Niger Delta are becoming worried over UNEP’s continued delay in releasing the report after failing to honour a pledge to do same earlier in the year.

Other groups that have joined in the call include the Ogoni Solidarity Forum (OSF), Social Action and Dutch environmental group, Milieudefensie.

In early July 2011, UNEP had again informed the Federal Government that the report will be ready for publication by last week of July, and proposed that the launch take place in Abuja. However, there are speculations there may be another shift in its release.

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