This statement is issued to call public attention to the seizure by the Nigerian Customs Service of a “Living Memorial” to Ken Saro-Wiwa donated by Platform - friends and colleagues in the United Kingdom - to the Ogoni people.
The youths of Ogoni land in Rivers State in south-eastern Nigeria have accused President Muhammadu Buhari of playing politics with the clean-up of Ogoni land, five months after the celebrated announcement of the exercise by the government.
Communities in Ogoni in Rivers have promised to support ongoing efforts to implement the UNEP report and clean up the polluted environment. The Executive Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation, Nnimmo Bassey, said in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, that the communities took the decision after a capacity building workshop in Ogoni on Friday.
FIVE civil society groups, yesterday, in Rivers State accused Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Apapa, Lagos, of impounding a sculpture made in living memorial of Ken Saro-Wiwa. According to Ogoni Solidarity Forum, Friends of the Earth, Social Action, Environmental Rights Action and Home of Mother Earth Foundation, the sculpture was seized on September 8, and all efforts to get it released had been fruitless till date.
Reports reaching us indicates that there had been no electricity to three, out of the four local governments making up Ogoniland. Ogoni news checks reveal that electricity supply to Ogoniland had been cut since Monday, October 26. Prior to October 26, the Ogoni communities have been withou electricity for 5 days.
Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), at the recent workshop (in Bori, Ogoni, Rivers State, Nigeria) on “Building Community Resilience towards the Implementation of the UNEP Report” says that women must be fully involved in monitoring the process and be watchdogs over the environment, especially the clean-up of Ogoniland
The apex platform of the Ogoni people, MOSOP, has expressed grave disappointment at reports regarding attempts by some self-centred and faceless Ogoni elements dubiously seeking divestment of OML 11, which accommodates the Ogoni oil concession, to their corporation.
The National Coalition on Gas Flaring and Oil Spills (NACGOND), an NGO, has said that Nigeria failed to comply with international agreements and treaties on environmental issues. Rev. Father Edward Obi, National Coordinator of NACGOND, said on Thursday in Abuja that complying with such agreements would promote environmental activities.
Nigeria witnessed 1,879 cases of oil spill in the Niger Delta since January 2014, the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency, NOSDRA, has reported. According to NOSDRA, only 64 of the spill cases have been cleaned up.