The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has expressed gratitude to Ogoni people for the warmth reception they gave to the party’s governorship candidate for the February 28, 2015 elections, Dr. Dakuku Adol Peterside, during this year’s Ogoni Day Celebration held Sunday, January 4, at the Birabi Memorial Grammar School field, Bori.
Niger delta communities hit by oil spills will bypass Nigerian courts and try to sue Shell and other oil companies in London following the £55m ($80m) settlement awarded this week to 15,600 people in Bodo, say community chiefs and non-government groups.
The oil giant Shell has agreed to a compensation package for the Bodo fishing community in Ogoniland in Nigeria's southern Niger Delta totaling 55 million pounds ($83 million, 70 million euros). Two oil spills in 2008 destroyed thousands of hectares of mangroves and the fish and shellfish from which the villagers derived their livelihood.
The Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People has warned that it would not allow the partitioning and sale of Ogoni oil assets without the consent and involvement of the people. MOSOP President, Mr. Legborsi Pyagbara, who issued this warning during the Ogoni Day celebration in Bori, Khana Local Government Area, insisted that discussions around the divestment of oil blocks in Ogoniland must be broad-based.
The crack in the Movement for Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, was very visible DURING THE jANUARY 4, 2015 Ogoni day celebrations as Ogoni gathered at separate venues in Bori, headquarters of Khana Local Government Area, Rivers State.
The mud stinks and the crabs caught in the swamps around the town of Bodo in the Niger delta still smell of light crude oil. But the 15,600 Ogoni farmers and fishermen whose lives were devastated by two large Shell oil spills in 2008 and 2009 will be celebrating on Wednesday as the company’s Nigerian subsidiary announces a £55m settlement.
A Speech presented by Mr. Pius Barikpoa Nwinee on behalf of the National Union of Ogoni Students’ USA on January 4, 2015.
Fellow Ogoni People and Supporters,
On behalf of the National Union of Ogoni Students’ USA, I humbly present to you a message of goodwill, hope, and assurances this January 4, 2015 as we celebrate “Ogoni Day” the United Nations’ World Indigenous Day. The students’ organization is honored to be a beckon of hope for our people and our assurances is that we WILL emerge from political, environmental, and economic enslavement “Together.”
The Movement for the survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) has pledged to work with the Federal Government and other agencies to ensure the implementation of the United Nations Enviornment Programme (UNEP) Report on the oil pollution of Ogoniland.
Information reaching us has it that the president of the Ogoni Youth Movement, Mr. Sunny Bekanwa escaped unhurt after gunmen shot at him along the Port Harcourt-Bori road on new year day, January 1, 2015.