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No Activity On Site Yet, Ogoni People Worry

Ogoni Clean-up
Posted: Jul 3, 2016 at 6:06 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

However, one month after the Federal Government flag-off of the clean-up of Ogoni environment on June 2, 2016 in line with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Report no activity is recorded at the site of the event at Bodo, Gokana local government area of Rivers state.

Investigations have so far revealed that contractors are yet to be deployed to site to commence the actual clean-up of the polluted and devastated environment.

After the ceremonial flag off by the vice president, Nigerians had expected that work would commence immediately. But, one month after, people of Ogoni have started to express worry that the entire exercise may be another government jamboree for political reasons, and may not lead to the proper restoration of the polluted environment.

HRH Suanu Baridam, Chairman, Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers (COTRA), who spoke to Independent in Port Harcourt, Rivers State capital, said there was no way contractors could be mobilised to site when the necessary machinery had not been put in place..

The monarch asked: “How can anybody talk of contractors going to site when they (federal government) have not set up the committees that will steer the process? Which committee will manage the funds when it is eventually released for the clean-up?

“My take on this matter, as an Ogoni, is that the federal government should refrain from further delay and hit the ground running with the clean-up. Ogoni and indeed the whole world are watching with keen interest on what will happen next after the flag-off”.

The monarch noted that government had raised the hope of his people, stressing that “They are waiting anxiously to see the actual clean-up begin and it will be worthwhile if government can speed up the process so that the people’s confidence in the federal government can be restored again.”