Lagos — Federal Government would begin the clean-up of oil spills in Ogoniland as soon as President Goodluck Jonathan signs the 2013 budget.
A senior official in the Petroleum Ministry told our correspondent that the development was part of government's efforts to ensure pollution free environment in line with the United Nations Environment Programme.
He said 80 percent of the cost of the clean up would be borne by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Joint Venture, five percent through the nation's refineries, while ecological funds would take care of the remaining 15 percent. He didn't disclose the actual amount needed to do the clean-up. He said it is the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP) that can determine that.