19 October 2011
Senate on Tuesday mandated Committees on Environment, Petroleum Upstream and Niger Delta to study the report of the United Nations (UN) on the damage caused by oil spillage in Ogoni land and review the $1billion recommended for the initial clean-up.
The committee have been given eight weeks to report back to the Senate on the UN report.
The Senate resolution is consequent on a motion by Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed which noted that the $1 billion was grossly inadequate and not a true representation of the extent of damage in the area.
Senators who contributed to the debate argued that the proposed fund overlooked the issues of compensation to communities, rehabilitation of deprived, destabilised and displaced persons.