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Frequently Asked Questions


This page addresses common queries about the UNEP mission in Ogoniland.
The questions and answers listed here will be updated on a regular basis.




Question 1:
When will Ogoniland be made clean?

Question 2:
Is the environmental assessment being conducted so that Shell can resume oil operations in Ogoniland?

Question 3:
Can the UNEP mission provide me with a job?

Question 4:
What benefits will I gain from giving UNEP access to my land?

Question 5:
How do I claim for compensation for the contamination of my property?





Question 1:
When will Ogoniland be made clean?

Answer 1:
The first step to making the land cleaner is to carry out the environmental assessment, which will determine the nature and extent of the oil contamination. Only once the results of the assessment are known will UNEP be able make recommendations for a clean-up programme.

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Question 2:
Is the environmental assessment being conducted so that Shell can resume oil operations in Ogoniland?

Answer 2:
The environmental assessment is financed by funds made available to the Nigerian Government by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), in which the Government has a 55 percent share. Shell has committed to clean up any oil contamination in Ogoniland that may have been caused by past oil operations.

UNEP was formally engaged by the Federal Government of Nigeria as a recognized independent, international agency, to provide neutral scientific facts about the current state of the region’s environment.

Whether Shell resumes its operations in Ogoniland is between the Federal Government of Nigeria, the SPDC, and the local Ogoni communities. This is not a consideration for the UNEP mission.

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Question 3:
The mission claims it will recruit local people. How can I get a job?

Answer 3:
Wherever possible, UNEP has recruited people from local communities to take part in the environmental assessment in paid positions, such as community liaison staff, fieldwork technicians and local support roles.

All further opportunities will be advertised through the Local Government Area offices. Speak to the UNEP Community Liaison Officers about recruitment in your local area.

Contact information for the local LGA offices is listed under contacts.

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Question 4:
Why should I give UNEP access to my land – how does this benefit me? Will UNEP compensate me for the disruption?

Answer 4:
UNEP’s mission is being carried out to improve the region’s environment, to benefit all Ogoni people. Through collaboration and cooperation, Ogoniland can be made a cleaner, healthier place to live. Project funding covers the costs of conducting the investigative work only – there is no monetary budget for any extra costs. However, in cases where UNEP experts require access to private land, the assessment work will be carried out with as little disruption to individuals as possible.

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Question 5:
My farmland has been affected by oil contamination for several years. How do I claim compensation?

Answer 5:
UNEP’s role in this mission is to conduct an environmental assessment. The organization will not be involved in any disputes or claims for compensation. Speak to your local state representative to obtain further details about making a compensation claim.

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