MINISTER of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani has described the launch of the Clean-up of Ogoniland and other oil impacted communities in the Niger Delta region by President Muhammadu Buhari as quite significant, saying it will revive the hope of inhabitants of the area.
As the world celebrates the World Environment Day June 5, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has again called on the federal government to, without further delay, take concrete post-launch steps relating to the implementation of the UNEP environmental assessment report on Ogoniland.
AN environmental group, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria, ERA/FOEN, has given the Federal Government a knock over the recent flag-off the clean-up of Ogoni, Rivers State, saying that apart from the usual fan fair, there was no serious commitment by the government to the exercise.
President Muhammadu Buhari has received accolades from stakeholders for kicking off the clean-up of Ogoniland, Rivers State. They have also said the Ogoni exercise must be the spring board to the general clean up of the Niger Delta.
Thousands of people who defied the early morning rains to witness the kick-off of the clean-up of Ogoni were disappointed that President Muhammadu Buhari did not make it to the event. But the enthusiasm for the take-off of the exercise was overwhelming and across party lines, writes Ernest Chinwo in Port Harcourt
The enjoyment of a vast range of human rights, including rights to life, health, food, water, and housing, depend on a healthy and sustainable environment. Today, on World Environment Day, let us remember that those who work to protect the environment are not only environmentalists – they are human rights defenders. And they are increasingly at risk.
The submission of the UNEP report on the assessment of the Ogoni environment in August 2011 laid to rest any doubts anyone may have had over the degree of hydrocarbons pollution in the Ogoniland, and by implication the Niger Delta.
This is the full text of President Muhamamdu Buhari's speech at the lauch of the Ogoni cleanup project and delivered by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
On behalf of the Ogoni people, its spirits and fallen heroes, I welcome you to Ogoniland.
At the outset, I must convey the deepest appreciation of the Ogoni People to His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari for fulfilling his electioneering promise to the Ogoni people that he would address the environmental crisis in the land. This flag-off today of the clean-up and restoration of Ogoniland is indeed a testament to a leader whose words had become his bond and sets him apart from several other politicians home and abroad. The President had indeed become Africa’s latest export to the global community on issues of leadership integrity, honesty and discipline. We congratulate him and all those who had believe in him through this journey of change, particularly his wife, Mrs. Aisha Buhari that had propelled him to attain this great feat. A noble character is the result of the surrender of self for the service of love to God and man, we believe in the President’s nobility of character. We also thank the indefatigable Hon. Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed and her team, for making this day a reality.