Nine months after President Muhammadu Buhari, flagged off the clean-up of Ogoniland when Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, represented him at the event, stakeholders are beginning to ask questions why it is taking the Federal Government longer than necessary to commence the full implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recommendations, submitted to it in August 2011.
The Senator representing Rivers South East, Magnus Ngei Abe, has advised the Rivers State Government to order an investigation into the sudden disappearance of monthly security votes that accrue to four local governments in Ogoni land, in his senatorial district.The senatorial district comprises Khana, Gokana,Tai and Eleme, local government areas.
The Federated Ogoni Women Association (FOWA), has commended the Federal Government for approving a special training and empowerment scheme for 1,200 Ogoni women in Rivers.
The poor power supply to Ogoni communities especially Gokana and Khana local government areas have become an issue of serious concern. Ogoninews investigations reveal that power cuts to Ogoni have been drastic, a situation that has affected both businesses and families in the area.
The four Ogoni local government councils of Khana, Gokana, Tai and Eleme have been at loggerheads with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) over what they described as the age-long exploitation and despoliation of their natural resources without commensurate financial benefit.
President of Khana Youth Federation, Combrade Vincent Gbosi who is also the PRO Ogoni Joint Youth Council spoke to Okafor Ofiebor on why Khana LGA has been a hotbed of violent crisis and how other gang wars in other parts of Ogoniland pose threat to clean up as recommended by the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP.
The feeling of Ogoni stakeholders at the ground-breaking ceremony of the Integrated Soil Management Centre was that there must be a mutual peace among the leaders, youths and communities before any meaningful development could take place in the area.
Three leaders of Kegbara-Dere community in Gokana local government area of Rivers State, will on March 27, 2017, begin their defence and counter-claim on a defamation suit brought against them before a Rivers State High Court by former President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), Ledum Mitee.
The Rivers State Government has urged youth and other stakeholders in Gokana Local Government Area to embrace peace and be committedÂ to the process of addressing the communalÂ crisis that has led to loss of lives and properties in the LGA.