The Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) has said the federal government has designed policies and procedures to incorporate stakeholder’s consultation into the programmes and activities of the Project.
The Project Coordinator of HYPREP, Dr. Marvin Barinem Dekil made this known during a two-day workshop for Ogoni elected representatives tagged ‘Ogoni Clean-up’, in other to implement UNEP report.
He informed the lawmakers that HYPREP is adopting a consultation process which is transparent and inclusive.
He stated that stakeholders engagements were not just organized for its face value, but was considered as a core component of the Project whereby opinions of stakeholders form inputs in the implementation process of the Project.
Dekil stressed that greater transparency and involvement of stakeholders enhances trust, project acceptance, and local ownership, which are key to project sustainability and development outcomes.
According to him, as a people’s project, HYPREP needed the full support of the representatives of the people.
He expressed appreciation to the members for creating time to attend the workshop and their commitment to the people whom they represent.
He assured that HYPREP will continue to engage and work with the lawmakers towards the successful implementation of the clean-up project and full realization of the HYPREP mandate in Ogoniland.
“The workshop was a Stakeholders’ Consultative Forum organized by HYPREP to engage the policy makers for informed decision-making and good governance as well as capture their views and perceptions as inputs to improved project design and implementation.
Earlier, Hon. Barieenee Deeyah expressed appreciation to the project coordinator and management of HYPREP for the level of work so far carried out by HYPREP, but however said that the joy of the lawmakers will be full when HYPREP has fulfilled its mandate and remediated the identified polluted sites in Ogoniland.
As part of activities for the workshop, the elected members were scheduled to visit some of the sites currently being remediated across the four Local Government Areas of Tai, Eleme, Khana and Gokana.