The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has blasted the federal government over the poor handling of the Ogoni cleanup exercise. Speaking to the media on the progress of the cleanup, President of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke said "The trouble with the cleanup is the insincerity of HYPREP.
Nsuke said hiring Mike Cowing to help their work is good. But HYPREP is not following the UNEP recommendations.
"What happens to the provision of water which was supposed to be taken as an emergency given the fact that the entire underground water in all parts of Ogoni has been polluted? How does HYPREP intend to build capacity of Ogonis to participate in the process without training even after they promised the training and made news out of it? Where is the Integrated Soil Management Center they launched with an elaborate ground breaking ceremony in April 2017? How do they intend to handle the contaminated soil from the spill sites? Nsuke said.
Speaking further, he said, the problem is not whom they engage but they are chasing the money and will leave Ogoniland polluted. Let them start with the emergency measures especially water provision as recommend by UNEP. That is our take. the president of MOSOP said.
Meanwhile,Nigeria's Minister of Environment, Suleiman Zarma, has said that the Federal Government has commenced the field level implementation of the Ogoni clean-up exercise in Niger Delta.
Speaking yesterday at World Wildlife Day in Abuja, Zarma enthused that Niger Deltans would soon benefit from the project because of the exotic species of fishes in that environment.On completion, the hitherto polluted water bodies would be decontaminated to bring back life to Ogoni communities, he added.
According to him, the ministry is making efforts to clean up plastic wastes that are degrading the water bodies.After assessment of the devastation of Ogoniland by oil exploration in 2011, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) had recommended a clean-up of the area by the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT and the oil majors involved.
“As part of increasing our focus on life below water, Nigeria would soon be one of the countries in the world with a marine national park to be established in Niger Delta,” the minister said.“For such services, it is imperative that we do everything we can to preserve and protect marines and the diverse species therein.