No clean-up, no justice in the Niger Delta

18 June 2020

Over five decades, oil and gas extraction have caused large-scale, continued contamination of the water and soil in Ogoni communities.
The continued and systematic failure of oil companies and government to clean up have left hundreds of thousands of Ogoni people facing serious health risks, struggling to access safe drinking water, and unable to earn a living due to the contamination of waterways.

In 2011 the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released a report documenting the devastating impact of the oil industry in Ogoniland, and set out urgent recommendations for clean-up.

But this new investigation by Friends of the Earth Europe, Amnesty International, ERA/Friends of the Earth Nigeria and Milieudefensie/Friends of the Earth Netherlands highlights that “emergency measures” proposed by UNEP have not been properly implemented and that the billion-dollar clean-up project launched by the Nigerian government in 2016 has been ineffective.