The new Coordinator of the Oil Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), Dr. Ferdinand Giadom, has started work at the Project Coordination Office in Port Harcourt, with a charge for the project workers to be more dedicated and engaged in their duties. He said this would enable the project to achieve the overall objective of the project, as stated in the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) report on the cleanup of Ogoniland.
Giadom, who gave the charge during his first meeting with HYPREP staff at the project’s Stadium Road office in Port Harcourt yesterday, said that as a team player he would work with the full workforce- so that everyone gets their job done “on time, on track and on target.”
According to him, the major objective is the full implementation of UNEP. Report to the satisfaction of the Ogoni people and other Nigerians.
Giadom noted that the ongoing cleanup project is an Ogoni project, adding that as an Ogoni man, all his life he has been dedicated to serving the people.
“I am not here as a leader, king and emperor, but to serve the people with all my heart. I’m not a god and I’m not trying to be one here. I don’t claim to know everything,” he said.
He further reminded the workers that “we are here for one purpose, to earn our daily bread and put bread on our table. We must all be engaged in our duties.
The project coordinator also underlined the need for workers to read the UNEP report which he described as the Bible because, according to him, “we cannot implement what we do not have adequate knowledge of. “.
Giadom assured that his administration will put the welfare of the workers as top priority and also ensure that they are provided with all the materials and equipment they need to deliver on time, on track and on target, claiming that it was necessary for the entire workforce to play. by the rules.
He further noted that while the project would adequately reward excellence, it would not hesitate to punish offending staff.
He said that for several years the Ogonis have suffered deprivation and neglect resulting from the devastation and degradation of their environment, assuring that everything in his power would be done to change the ugly narrative, and appealing for support, mutual cooperation and understanding. .
Also speaking, HYPREP CRAC member and traditional leader, Suanu Baridan thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of State for Environment, Chief Sharaon Ikeazor for appointing a son Ogoni to the post. project coordinator of HYPREP, assuring that the Ogoni people would be happy to work with the new project coordinator.
On his part, a renowned activist and supreme leader, Gbenemene Kadilo Kabari, expressed his delight that HYPREP now has an indigenous project coordinator, saying, “This is an opportunity to get it right.”
“We thank God that the minister has obliged the people by giving us an Ogoni son for the Ogoni project,” he said, and praised the project coordinator for starting on a high note by putting the Ogoni at the center of the project.
In his vote of thanks, the Procurement Officer, HYPREP, Mr. Paul Ugbaha thanked the new Project Coordinator for starting on a resounding note by showing leadership.
project coordinator, saying it’s an opportunity to get it right. “We thank God that the minister has obliged the people by giving us an Ogoni son for the Ogoni project,” he said, and praised the project coordinator for starting on a high note by putting the Ogoni at the center of the project.
In his thank you note, the Procurement Officer, Mr. Paul Owoicho Ugbaha thanked the new Project Coordinator for his leadership.
By: Donat Ebi