Senate to probe stalemate of Ogoni clean up 

By Titilope Fadare
OrderPaperToday – The Senate has resolved to  probe the stalling of work on the Ogoni clean up launched with much fanfare by the Federal Government a year ago.
The Senate which expressed the concern during a motion on the World Environment Day (June 5) also called on the government to sensitize the masses on the issue of environmental protection.

The motion sponsored by Senator Oluremi Tinubu (APC, Lagos) observed that there is absence of clear frame work and institutional actions to counter climate change and it’s effects adding that women and children are the most vulnerable groups as they suffer more from environmental issues.

The Senate therefore urged the government at all levels to create a feasible framework for environment protection under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) while calling on the federal and state ministries of education to include environmental studies in the curriculum of school children.

The upper chamber also agreed to hasten the passage of Erosion Prevention and Control bill while in the mean time, demanding  the Ministry of Environment to stop deforestation.

In his contribution, Senator Robert Boroffice (APC, Ondo) said “the issue of environment is topical because of the withdrawal of President Donald Trump from the Paris agreement.

The Senate President, Bukola Saraki expressed support for the environment, saying “we will still continue to play our role. I believe that Nigeria needs to take over the environmental leadership in Africa. We are still behind and we can do this through legislative means.

“There are still a lot of bills that are very important that we must pass indeed to show our commitment and seriousness to the environmental challenges that we have.”

The Senate accordingly urged it’s committee on environment to investigate the cleanup of Ogoni land.

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