Plans for a Transition Phase, which would help ensure a seamless transition from UN Environment’s environmental assessment to the clean-up of oil contamination, were presented to a meeting of the Presidential Implementation Committee in Abuja in February 2011.
The United Nations prepared a Transition Phase proposal at the request of the Presidential Implementation Committee. The Transition Phase would include steps such as preparing clean-up plans and detailed designs; the preparation of bidding documents; seeking agreement between key partners on legal and financial matters; and consultations with key stakeholders.
The proposal also recommended to identify the sites for potential treatment centres in Ogoniland, design monitoring programmes and regimes, and develop laboratory procedures and protocols.
In 2018, building on its 2011 environmental assessment of Ogoniland, UN Environment began a new project that aims to strengthen the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) and its Governing Council, so that they can discharge their responsibilities better and clean up oil contamination in Ogoniland. The project is designed in response to a request from the Government and the agreement has already been signed with the Government of Nigeria.
This project comes as an integral part of UN Environment’s continuing support to the Government of Nigeria to clean up the environmental contamination in Nigeria and achieve lasting peace in the region. While this current project is for a duration of one year, it is clear that UN Environment’s technical support to Government of Nigeria will continue until the implementation of the UN Environment report is completed.