President Buhari inaugurates governing council, board of trustees for Ogoni Clean-up

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    President Muhammadu Buhari has has appointed a former commissioner in Lagos State, Wale Edun, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ogoni clean-up project.

    The 13-member BoT was inaugurated on Thursday by Mr. Buhari, alongside the Governing Council for the clean-up.

    Mr. Edun was commissioner of finance in Lagos when the leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, was governor of the state.

    Ibrahim Jibril, the Minister of State for Environment; Kemi Adeosun, the Minister of Finance; and Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources/NNPC chairman are also members of the BoT.

    A renowned environmentalist, Nnimmo Bassey, is also a member of the BoT. He was picked to represent non-governmental organizations on the board.

    Other trustees are Bebe Okpabi, representing Ogoni stakeholders; Nicholas Terraz, representing the multinationals being Shell Petroleum Development Company, Agip and Total; Mike Emuh, the National chairman of Host Communities of Nigeria Producing Oil and Gas (HOSCOM), representing other communities in the Niger Delta.

    A slot has been reserved for a yet-to-be named United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) observer, while the Secretary and HYPREP (Hydro-Carbon Pollution Restoration Project) Legal Adviser is to be appointed by the Governing Council.

    The president said this on his official twitter handle yesterday: “Today is yet another milestone in #NDCleanUp. I inaugurated the Gov Council & BoT, in fulfillment of our promise.”

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