MOSOP Pulls Out of Talks with Petroleum Minsiter, Allege Insincerity of Government
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has announced it will not continue talks with petroleum minister citing insincerity of government and alleging talks has been tailored to force oil production in Ogoniland.
In a statement by the spokesperson for the organisation, Fegalo Nsuke, MOSOP said it had no agreement with the minister that oil resumption and the cleanup of the area should run simultaneously.
The statement signed by Fegalo Nsuke, Publicity Secretary of MOSOP reads:
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP)) wishes to make some clarifications on the misrepresentations in an invitation letter from the petroleum ministry for a stakeholder meeting with the minister of state for petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, on Monday 9th July, 2018 at the home of King G.N.K. Gininwa, the Gbenemene of Tai in Ogoniland..
Whereas the invitation letter referred to an earlier agreement for oil resumption and the Ogoni cleanup to run simultaneously, we want to state emphatically that we had no such agreement with the minister..
We consider the comment on oil resumption in Ogoniland not only as a deliberate ploy to frustrate the focus of our petition to the minister but a mischievous means to delay the process of restoring our polluted environment.
We note our disapproval and disappointment in this statement as it clearly indicates the dishonesty of government and questions the integrity of the Ibe Kachikwu-led process.
We recall that the meeting with the minister of state for petroleum, Dr Ibe Kachiwu was sequel to our petition complaining about the constant harassment of the Ogoni people by some oil industry actors notably Robo Michael Limited, and Belema Oil Producing Limited and the threat their actions posed to the life of the president of MOSOP and other key members of the organization.
The Abuja meeting was the first we had with the minister, Ibe Kachikwu, and their was no possibility at all that such decisions could be taken without consultations with the Ogoni people and getting their consent through a congress and a general assembly.
The misrepresentations in the invitation letter are therefore not only deceitful, they are a deliberate and mischievous attempt to incite the people against the leadership of MOSOP.
After a thorough assessment of the situation, MOSOP has decided to dissociate itself from the meeting of July 9, 2018 as the manipulations to favour oil resumption in Ogoniland dents the credibility and integrity of the entire process.
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