According to Uyi, it took exactly five years after the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report was submitted to the federal government before the cleanup exercise proper was flagged off in 2016 in Rivers State. He warned that the trust of the people in the processes is reducing.
“The expectation that greeted that ceremony which had the Ogoni people and hundreds of civil society groups in support has however dimmed barely a year after, as the promised cleanup is still bugged down in bureaucracy and controversies. The plans for the clean up is still shrouded in secrecy and has not been formally subjected to public scrutiny.
“Most important is the fact that the willful exposure of oil producing communities to hazards continue to mount as oil companies continue to operate with impunity in the Niger Delta. They have put profit before people and ecological crimes to the safety, livelihoods and well-being of the Ogoni people”, he said.