Ogoni clean-up: Netherlands to support Nigeria

a man walks on slippery spilled crude oil on the shores and in the waters of the Niger Delta swamps of Bodo, a village in the famous Nigerian oil-producing Ogoniland. AFP

a man walks on slippery spilled crude oil on the shores and in the waters of the Niger Delta swamps of Bodo, a village in the famous Nigerian oil-producing Ogoniland. AFP

The Netherlands’ government on Monday expressed its readiness to support Nigeria in the implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)-Report for the clean-up of Ogoniland in Rivers.

The Netherlands Ambassador to Nigeria, John Groffen, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that his government was willing to support the implementation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s top priorities.

“We are closely following the implementation of the top priorities of President Buhari in increasing security, enhancing the economy and
fighting corruption.

“In particular, the Netherlands will gladly partner with the administration in the implementation of the UNEP-report on the
clean-up of Ogoniland,’’ he said.

Groffen also disclosed his government’s plan to support the Federal Government’s effort at addressing the situation in the Niger-Delta, as
well as the reconstruction and development effort in the North-East.

The envoy said that consultation was already ongoing with the Nigerian government in possible areas Dutch government could offer more support.

Groffen also said that Dutch enterprises were waiting to see Nigeria’s new transportation, infrastructure and other sectors’ policies to
enable them to increase their investment in the country.

“We are looking forward to hearing about government policy plans in the fields of transportation, infrastructure and other sectors.

“This will give Dutch enterprises a better idea of where their specific know-how, experience and technologies can be best used in
Nigeria,’’ he said.

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