The Federal Government, yesterday, fixed June this year to commence the clean up of environmental pollution in the oil-rich Niger Delta region. Minister of Enviroment, Mrs. Amina Muhammed, said that the government was working diligently to review and update its first National Implementation Plan, NIP, developed in 2009 to address the problem of pollution holistically in the region.
The Secretary of the National Association of Plant Operators (NAPO), Rivers State Council, Comrade Harold Bestowe and a victim of police brutality in the ate has called on the Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomo Arase and the State Commissioner of Police, CP Musa Kimo to investigate the Divisional Police Officer, Eleme, DPO Amos over an alleged attempted murder, brutality and abduction meted against him and two other members of the union by the police officer, last Thursday at Eleme Local Government Area.
A member of the 7th Senate of the National Assembly from Rivers State, Senator Lee Maeba says stakeholders in Ogoni comprising of leaders of APC, PDP and Traditional Rulers have agreed to meet to fashion out ways of ending incessant killings in Ogoniland.
Members of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) and several civil society organisations, including the Health for Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and the Social Integrated Development Centre (Social Action), yesterday staged a peaceful protest in Bori, the traditional headquarters of Ogoniland in Rivers State, demanding a breakaway from fossil fuels.
A day at Ogoni was a homecoming of sorts for me yesterday when the global wave of #BreakFree actions touched down at Bori. The resolve of the Ogoni to peacefully and determinedly fight ecocide is legendary.
The apex organisation of the Ogoni people, MOSOP, has been outraged at, and condemns in strong terms the unabated killing of our sung and unsung nationals by unknown assailants and warned the perpetrators of these gruesome, cold-blooded murders to stop forthwith.
The Environmental Management Association of Nigeria (EMAN) has called on the Federal Government to ensure that the planned clean-up of Ogoni land in Rivers State sees the light of the day and not another political statement to calm the people of the area.
There is a little corner of Ireland that is forever Ogoniland. Since 2011, the library of the National University of Ireland in Maynooth is home to a unique archive of death-row letters from Nigerian environmental activist Ken Saro-Wiwa to Our Lady of Apostles Sr. Majella McCarron.
Desperation for power by politicians, unemployment, injustice and poverty are some of the factors responsible for the rise in cult activities and other criminal activities in Rivers State. This much The Nation correspondent, Precious Dikewoha discovered recently during an interaction with various stakeholders in the state.