In continuation of our collaborative efforts aimed at strengthening community participation and capacity building on the Ogoni clean-up process, with the Support of The International Alliance on Natural Resources in Africa(IANRA) KALLOP HUMANITARIAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER and KEBETKACHE WOMEN DEVELOPMENT AND RESOURCE CENTRE had held a consultative meeting with key stakeholders, including the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), Ogoni Environmental Professionals (OEP), representatives of Civil Society Organizations and the Media, on collaboration to promote a comprehensive and inclusive implementation of portable water project in Ogoni communities.
KALLOP HUMANITARIAN AND ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER and KEBETKACHE WOMEN DEVELOPMENT AND RESOURCE CENTRE are non-governmental organizations working in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, particularly carrying out charitable work, focusing on the extractive, environment, gender rights and community development.
During the meeting, key issues and concerns were raised. These include:
- That there is no proper consultation with community members and Civil Society Organizations on the award of contracts and mobilization of contractors by HYPREP
- That there are protests by some communities over the sitting of the water supply facility in neighboring communities not acceptable to other benefiting communities, as it will limit access.
- The sustainability plan by HYPREP on the project was also of grave concern as well as the source of the water that will be provided from the facilities located in an area that is already contaminated.