Ogonis Seek FG’s Action on UNEP Report



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For the umpteenth time, environmental activists, under the aegis of Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), on Saturday expressed dissatisfaction over the delay of the federal authorities to take action on a United Nation’s report on the community.
President of the Movement, Mr. Legbosi Piagbara, made the call at Bori, headquarters of Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State,at the celebration of this year’s edition of Ogoni Day.
The UNEP report on Ogoniland, released in 2011, recommended that the Federal Government and Shell should clean up the area, which was affected by several oil spills.
Piagbara said that the delay in the implementation of the report was detrimental to the Ogoni people, as many of them were already suffering from the effects of oil spills on their environment.
Piagbara also urged the Federal Government to reciprocate the non-violence approach of the Ogonis by ensuring the quick cleanup of their area.
He also bemoaned the absence of functional hospitals and medical personnel in Ogoni communities to meet the health care needs of the people.
In his address, Rivers State Governor, Chibuike Amaechi, urged youths in the area to abide by the spirit of the Ogoni struggle initiated by the late environmentalist, Ken Saro Wiwa.
The governor, who was represented by Sen. Magnus Abe, urged the youth not to take advantage of the non-implementation of the UNEP report to foment trouble in their neighbourhood.
He urged them to support the government’s efforts to deliver democracy dividends to Ogoni people.
Amaechi said that although the area had been peaceful, the implementation of the UNEP report would ensure a better and more peaceful society.
Chief Godwin Giniwa, the Chairman of Rivers Traditional Rulers Council, said that medical reports indicated that one out of every 10 persons in Ogoniland faced the risks of contracting cancer because of oil spills in the area.
Giniwa, who was represented by Chief Suanu Baridam, urged the Federal Government to implement the recommendations of the UNEP report.

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