The UN press release disclosed that in the past recent weeks, "UNEP has held discussions with Sir Peter Idabor, the Director-General of the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) and is engaged with the government to chart transformative pathways forward in order to realize the assessment's recommendations."
Another official of the UNEP report to the Nigerian government last year August, Ibrahim Thiaw, the director of UNEP's Division of Environmental Policy Implementation added that "the immediate need is for the necessary funds to be mobilized and to be deployed to take the Project forward at a scale and speed commensurate with the challenge."
Continuing Thiaw added however that it is not only the federal government that would be involved, saying "everyone has a part to play in realizing significant and positive results from the Government of Nigeria, local authorities and the oil industry to NGOs and local communities."
The UNEP report then called for swift action "to prevent the pollution footprint from spreading further and exacerbating the already tragic legacy for the Ogoni people."
UNEP noted that "while some on-the-ground results could be immediate, overall the report estimated that countering and cleaning up the pollution and catalyzing a sustainable recovery of Ogoniland could take 25 to 30 years and will require long term financing."
The independent scientific assessment, coordinated by UNEP and carried out over a 14-month period, had revealed far greater and deeper pollution than previously thought after an agency team examined more than 200 locations, surveyed 122 kilometres of pipeline rights of way, analyzed 4,000 soil and water samples, reviewed more than 5,000 medical records and engaged over 23,000 people at local community meetings, UNEP explained.
Altogether more than 4,000 samples were analyzed, including water taken from 142 groundwater monitoring wells drilled specifically for the study and soil extracted from 780 boreholes.
In one community, at Nisisioken Ogale, in western Ogoniland, the report found that families were drinking water from wells that was contaminated with benzene - a known carcinogen - at levels over 900 times above World Health Organization guidelines.
Commending the Rivers State Government, UNEP said the state has "introduced alternate water supplies to the affected communities at Nisisioken Ogale, immediately following the release of UNEP's report, with trucks delivering safe drinking water."
Since handing over its report, UNEP has signaled its willingness to be a partner in the environmental restoration of Ogoniland and its surrounding creeks, in conjunction with the government, the oil industry and the traditional rulers and people of Ogoniland, the release restated.