MOSOP Reacts as Nigeria's Vice President Explains Slow Pace of Ogoni Clean-up

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) hasexpressed disappointment at way the clean-up of Ogoniland is being handled just as Nigeria's Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said the Muhammadu Buhari led administration is taking its time in the ongoing Ogoni clean-up. Osinbajo said the Federal government was careful in ensuring that the clean up exercise did not go the way of the previous administration.

The Vice President spoke at the 2nd National Council On Niger Delta at the Ondo State International Center for Culture and Events (DOME), in Akure, the state capital. He said the APC led Federal government was ensuring a strong foundation that will make the Clean up of Ogoni land workable. Osinbajo said “Ogoni clean up is on, but it might be undergoing slow pace than anticipated

“We are making sure that a solid foundation is laid so that it would not flop like efforts made by the past administration”. The Vice President also disclosed that the President has approved N2billion for the take-off of the Nigerian Maritime University, Okerenkoko, Delta State.

While reacting to the Vice President's speech, Publicity Secretary of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke said the clean-up of Ogoni was not taken as a priority by both the government and Shell, the polluter.

Nsuke said "in an emergency, the explanation by the Vice President is not what is expected. What the Ogoni people expects is that emergency measures like the provision of alternative sources of water supply and medical support for the communities will be implemented while the planning is on-going"

The MOSOP spokesman said it was unfortunately disappointing that 6 years after the report was submitted to the Nigerian government and over one year after an elaborate flag-off by Vice President Osinbajo himself, nothing is there to show the government is committed to effectively clean Ogoniland"

Nsuke noted that it was disappointing that Shell has failed to make funds available for the clean-up exercise as agreed by all stakeholders.

He called on government and Shell, the polluter, to make available the funds required for the clean-up exercise and stop the rhetorics it is currently engaged in.

Nsuke said, "Ogoni is in serous danger, experts have predicted that about 30 percent of the population are currently at risk of cancer and those who polluted and caused this mess are giving us excuses about laying a solid foundation. We cannot take excuses when our people are at risk of extermination. We cannot accept to be patient and loose an entire generation to polluters and government inactivity. We want the cleanup to commence now and it should begin with the implementation of the emergency measures including the provision of watr for our communities".