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World Food Day: MOSOP Calls For Concerted Effort To End Hunger

Posted: Oct 17, 2015 at 3:15 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
*Poised For Showdown With Shell
By Daniel Abia
P/Harcourt


The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) called on governments around the world to decisively confront the food crisis plaguing various nations with appropriate policies and laws soothing to subduing hunger and starvation.
 
MOSOP said African countries have been worst hit by food insecurity as their national governments have invested negligibly in agricultural development as against other spheres of their national economies. This has failed to translate into improving the food needs of the peoples.
 
In similar vein, MOSOP said it was outraged at the deliberate neglect of the Ogoni situation especially its deepening food crisis occasioned by decades of hydrocarbon contamination of the Ogoni environment warning that the Ogoni people may go extinct if the food challenges and the worsening environmental question in the area are not urgently addressed.
 
In a statement issued on behalf of the movement by the media advisor, Bari-ara Kpalap on the occasion of the United Nations World Food Day in Port Harcourt, Rivers state, MOSOP urged the government of President Mohammadu Buhari to immediately take-off the Ogoni environmental restoration exercise, which has been over delayed against the spirit of agreements, reached by stakeholders at the Abuja negotiations.
 
“There are thus growing concerns and tension is building in Ogoni communities over the delay largely seen as attempt to undermine environmental justice for the people”. It again warned politicians against politicization of the matter. 
 
However, MOSOP regrets that while Ogoni bleeds and suffocating under Shell’s lethal ecological war in the area, which has inflicted deepening livelihood challenges on the people including declining agricultural harvest occasioning food and water insecurities, impoverishment and deaths; “it has arrogantly kept blackmailing the Ogoni people with spurious declarations accusing Ogoni of responsibility for her environmental woes to divert attention from its present atrocities in Ogoni.
 
“We insist that Shell is responsible for the environmental crisis in Ogoniland and until it restored our ruined environment it will know no sleep.
 
“We would therefore use the occasion of this celebration to call on all men of goodwill including lovers of peace and save environment to intervene to safe the Ogoni people from the cruel and dreaded clutches of the transnational corporation”, the statement threatens.