Linda Norgrove
Linda Norgrove

UNEP colleagues remember
Clement Kemte Nekabari Faah
1960-2011

The death on 19 February of Clement Faah, a respected Nigerian scientist, has deeply saddened his UNEP colleagues and many others involved in the ongoing environmental survey of Ogoniland.

Clement was a valued member of the UNEP Project Team and indeed was one of the first local experts to be recruited in October 2009. He held a masters degree in environmental engineering and had specialized for many years in pollution control and waste management. Clement died in Ogoniland following a shooting incident.

We will remember Clement for making a pivotal contribution to UNEP’s work in Ogoniland. He worked as a Technical Assistant on the project’s agriculture and forestry component and was also a key contact point between UNEP and its lead scientific partner, the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.

As an Ogoni with scientific expertise, Clement provided invaluable local knowledge and continuity, and was heavily relied upon by me and others working alongside him on the project.

Known for his leadership, strong ethics and open approach, Clement won the respect of colleagues at UNEP and RSUST, as well as the local community representatives, and he will be sorely missed.

Mike Cowing
UNEP Project Coordinator

Linda and UNEP team

Personal tributes from colleagues and associates

“I restate my deep sorrow and extend my sympathy to you all in the UNEP Team over the death of Mr. Clement Faah. May God rest his soul and grant consolation to his family. His death has come at a very sad time especially given the great work that UNEP has done, and continues to do, and also given that we are coming closer to dealing with the issues of the tragic past. We thank God that Faah was at the starting blocks of this initiative and we pray that a clean Ogoniland and Nigeria will be the reward we can give him and a legacy he would have been proud of. I pray that God will give the family the fortitude to bear this terrible loss.”
Msgr Matthew Hassan Kukah, Chairman, Presidential Implementation Committee

“I pay tribute to Faah, our senior technical assistant. Clement was for me a close friend who introduced me to the Nigerian context. Thanks to him I got an insight in the socio-economic realities of Ogoniland. I deeply appreciated his frankness and ongoing support. Nekabari, I miss you!”
Dr Urs Bloesch, Team Leader, Forestry and Agriculture

“You delivered your duties with utmost attention to details. We shall surely miss you. Go with God. Adieu my friend.”
Ferdinand Giadom, Technical Assistant

“I learnt so much from you. You have gone but what you have taught me will remain forever fresh. Rest in peace my best friend.”
Andrew Akhighu, Technical Assistant

“A painful sudden loss. A character worthy of emulation. Knowing you is an experience worth cherishing and working with you meant a great deal to me (and others). Farewell to rest well.”
Raphael Friday Saue, Technical Assistant

“Oga Faah. The news of your death is so shocking and saddening. I will surely miss you.”
Christie Gbaraba, Community Liaison Assistant

“It was with great sadness I received the message about the death of our good colleague, Clement. His outgoing nature and personality will be missed, as well as his technical contributions to the project. My thoughts go to the friends and family who are left behind.”
Peter Dugbaek, Assistant Project Coordinator

“Clement's contribution to the project included helping to identify the various species of plants in the Ogoni area. He was also frank about things like accepting he didn't know how to use the computer. He would always come to ask me about the computer system. Clement, may your soul rest in peace. Amen.”
Mercy NwekeChinyere, Administration Assistant

“Your contribution stands clear in the international community. You will always be remembered. May your gentle soul rest in perfect peace.”
Prof B.B. Fakae, Vice Chancellor, Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST)

“My big brother, you delivered your duties with joy and happiness. I will not forget your scientific discussion on plant sampling with me any time we were in the field. I miss you. May your soul rest in peace.”
Johnjerry Abie, Community Liaison Assistant, Tai

“Sir, the news of your death brought a lot of shock to me. You were such a calm person. The world, nation and community was yet to benefit from your knowledge. I pray that you find solace wherever you are.”
Richard E. Wokocha, RSUST student

“You were a very approachable and easy-going person. You will be really missed.”
Harry Ibiye, Data Management Assistant, RSUST student