Ogoni cleanup: Group sensitises indigenes, residents on peaceful exercise

Cleanup exercise in Ogoniland 										  PHOTO: GOOGLE

Cleanup exercise in Ogoniland PHOTO: GOOGLE

Group Advises Buhari Against Intimidation

Coalition on Gas flaring and Oil spills in the Niger Delta (NACGOND), in collaboration with National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) and Environmental Monitoring Team (EMT) jointly canvassed for a peaceful and successful cleanup exercise in Ogoni land.

The groups said this during a one-day sensitisation campaign held in communities in Gokana, one of the most affected areas of oil spill in Ogoniland. Other communities included, Biara, Bomu, Kpor and Mogho.

In his opening remark, Jesse-Martin Munafor, Project Officer of NACGOND, warned that without peace and unity, the exercise would be futile. He explained that the theme of the programme: “Avoidance of Re-pollution during the Ogoni Clean-up” was carefully chosen to remind the people of the implication of destroying already damaged environment, which is under repair.

However, a communiqué raised at the end of the programme and signed by the different communities and youth leaders in Gokana urged the Federal Government to live up to its promise of cleaning up Ogoniland without further delay to earn the trust of the people.

Meanwhile, a Niger Delta based group, United Niger Delta Energy Development Security Strategy  (UNDEDSS), has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of making moves inimical to peaceful resolution of the Niger Delta crisis.   The group urged the President to demonstrate his commitment to peace in the area by engaging the people in dialogue, rather than intimidating them and occupying their land with well-equipped Armed Forces, as if the country is in a state of war.

Following a meeting in Akure, Ondo State, yesterday, UNDEDSS, in a resolution signed by the Secretary General, Tony Uranta stated: “the increasingly excessive and anti-people attempts by the Federal Government to seemingly intimidate and coerce the peoples of the Niger Delta, via military harassment, into submitting to what is perceived as an attempt to openly steal its resources and rights, worries all right-thinking people of the world, especially at a time that the Chief Edwin Clark-led Pan Niger Delta Group has succeeded in getting the armed agitators to cease fire and express their collective readiness to embrace dialogue.”

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