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Nigeria: Oil

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to press the Government of Nigeria to clean up oil pollution in the Nigerian Delta region. (247978)

The Government continue to raise with the Nigerian authorities our concerns at the ongoing political, security, social and environmental problems in the Niger Delta. A lasting solution will require a systematic approach on security, governance and development. We welcome the fact that President Yar’Adua has made tackling the problems of the Niger Delta a priority, and that he has just established a new Ministry and appointed a dedicated Cabinet Minister to take this work forward. We hope that there will soon be an opportunity for all stakeholder groups in Nigeria to engage in peaceful dialogue on these issues.