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Shell Petroleum Development Company says it can't implement UNEP report alone

04/08/2014 16:21
Shell Petroleum Development Company has said inasmuch as it was making progress in implementing the United Nations Environment Programme report on Ogoniland, it cannot singlehandedly implement the report.
In a media statement issued on Monday, Mr. Precious. Okolobo, Shell's Manager, Media Relations, said it would take the joint participation of all the stakeholders mentioned in the report to effectively implement the report.
It said, “The majority of UNEP’s recommendations require multi-stakeholder efforts coordinated by the Federal Government.
“However, it is important to emphasise that neither SPDC nor any other stakeholder is in a position to implement the entirety of UNEP’s recommendations unilaterally.
"Treating the problem of environmental contamination within Ogoniland merely as a technical clean-up exercise would ultimately lead to failure.
"Ensuring long-term sustainability is a much bigger challenge – one that will require coordinated and collaborative action from all stakeholders.
“SPDC has an activity programme in place, focused on delivering improvements in the environmental and community health situation on the ground. We continue to work with the government, communities and a number of constructive NGOs and civil society groups in the Niger Delta to accelerate progress.
UNEP report was released in 2011. In the report, UNEP called for the creation of an Ogoniland Restoration Agency and the creation of an Environmental Restoration fund for Ogoniland. It also asked Shell and other operators in the area to take steps to clean up the environment and decommission non-operational facilities.

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