The National Co-ordinator, Hydro-Carbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP), Joy Nunieh-Okunnu, has said that what oil thieves need is enlightenment on the effects their illegal activities have on the environment and the communities in which they operate. “The only thing that you can do is to give them some form of enlightenment, to teach them the effects of Hydro Carbon.” Speaking on this edition of Question Time, Nunieh-Okunnu talks about the efforts the environmental pollution clean-up unit of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources is making to ensure the well-being of the Ogoni people and other communities affected by Hydro-Carbon pollution. She revealed that plans are underway to introduce the subject to students in secondary schools. She said that the minister of petroleum resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke, has asked that a team of professors be commissioned to prepare resources to be used in teaching students, the effects of hydro-carbon, in secondary schools. She added that there are plans to carry out a campaign in the affected communities but urged individuals living along the pipeline right of way to relocate. HYPREP is part of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) in Nigeria.
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