The new move by NPDC to exploit the weakness of some Ogoni traitors to covertly negotiate the commencement of oil mining in Ogoni is annoying and has the potential of erupting a fresh wave of violence in the area. The big question for NPDC is, at what stage in the Ogoni conversation will the organization be trusted and be considered a responsible corporate citizen in Nigeria? This question begs for answer because the Ogoni natives went through this same ordeal in January 2015 with Belema Oil Company, which was an errand company for Shell Oil company.
Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo on Friday said the Federal Government could only go ahead with the clean up of Ogoniland if the people of the Niger Delta would allow peace to reign.
MOSOP through its youth wing, the National Youth Council of the Ogoni People (NYCOP) today commenced direct mass action against immediate resumption of oil extraction in Ogoniland to drum up her opposition to the vexatious oil resumption pursuit.
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has dissociated itself from covert negotiations for the immediate commencement of oil extraction in Ogoni between the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company Limited (NPDC) and some bribed Ogoni natives and warned that the corporation will be held responsible for any crisis that may engulf the community. MOSOP has thus warned the company to steer clear of the Ogoni nation.
President Muhammadu Buhari, recently flagged-off the long awaited clean-up of Ogoni Land, devastated by the activities of oil companies. The project which is strongly supported by the United Nations Environmental Development Programme (UNEDP), was designed to give Ogoni Land a face lift and better the life of the people.
With the recent inauguration of the clean-up of Ogoniland, stakeholders believe that the absence of a framework for the implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme recommendations could mean another long wait for Ogoniland restoration, writes CHUKWUDI AKASIKE
President Muhammadu Buhari recently flagged-off a multi-billion naira clean-up and restoration programme of Ogoni land at Bodo in Gokana local government area of Rivers State. Represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, he said financial and legislative frameworks had been put in place to start implementing the recommendations of a United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report, commissioned by the federal government in 2006. The president said the programme would have sustainable development components that will benefit the people of the area. He added that the methodology for the clean-up and remediation will ensure job creation for youths.
Christian women in Yeghe community of Ogoniland have embarked on huger strike to protest the continual military raid and harassment on the community. Numbering over 2000, the women have gathered at the community center, refusing food and embarking on a spiritual exercise to invoke the intervention of God in their predicament.
Ogoni fisher men who reside at B-Dere Community waterfront in Khana Local government area of Rivers State yesterday said the only thing oil exploration in the area left them with was suffering, death, hunger and unforgettable pain.