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    Environmental Groups Urge Nigeria to Clean Up Niger Delta Oil Pollution

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    Amnesty International and other international organizations urged Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to take concrete steps to implement the recommendations of the 2011 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report, which exposed overwhelming oil pollution in the Niger Delta.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A coalition of Nigerian and international environmental and human rights organizations urged Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday to tackle oil pollution in the Niger Delta.

    According to Nigerian authorities, oil companies, including Shell, routinely blame local crude-smuggling gangs for spills for which they are responsible.

    An open letter published by Amnesty International urged Buhari to take concrete steps to implement the recommendations of the 2011 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report, which exposed overwhelming oil pollution in the Niger Delta.

    "Four years after the UNEP published its landmark Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland report, we urge you to continue to make the implementation of the UNEP report a priority for your Government. You can kick-start the clean-up of the Niger Delta and free the people of Nigeria from the legacy of decades of oil pollution," the letter reads.

    On July 28, Nigerian authorities convened a meeting between the government, UNEP, the oil industry and representatives of affected communities in order to begin implementing UNEP recommendations.

    According to the report, continued contamination of the water and soil in Nigeria’s Ogoniland poses a serious threat to human health.

    The UN revealed a community drinking well polluted with benzene, a cancer-causing substance, at levels 900 times above the World Health Organization guideline.

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