The federal government says it will hire six contractors to handle the provision of potable water in Ogoni communities in Rivers state.

This comes four months after an investigation on how pollution from oil spills has been affecting the people of Ogoniland.

Two weeks ago, the federal government opened a fresh bid to select contractors to provide potable water in Ogoni communities affected by oil spill.

Over 40 companies submitted their expression of interest to participate in the bidding for the project.

At the opening of the bid in Port Harcourt, Marvin Dekil, project coordinator, Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), said the project is an initiative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) report on Ogoniland.

In 2011, UNEP recommended the provision of running water for Ogoni communities whose underground water got polluted by decades of oil spills.

Nine years after the recommendation, no action was taken by the federal government to implement the UNEP report.

Dekil said HYPREP will coordinate the water projects in four local governments of Eleme, Gokana, Khana and Tai areas, covering Ogoniland to ensure early completion.

“In addition, the water that we are going to provide in Ogoni communities will meet the United Nations and World Health Organisation standards,” he said.

“Ogali, Kpean, Nsisioken, Korokoro, K-Dere and B-Dere communities in Ogoni are the communities that UNEP identified for the water projects. These communities will get the six lots in the first phase of the water project, while others will benefit from subsequent phases as we progress.”

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