The Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) has been accused of hurriedly awarding Ogoni cleanup contracts without laying the foundation for the success of the cleanup programme.
President of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke made this known at a town hall meeting organized by Social Action on Wednesday July 31, in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Nsuke observed that the only aspects HYPREP has shown sufficient dexterity and implemented with great dispatch had been with issues of money. He noted that it was so easy for HYPREP to award contracts to unqualified firms in which the members of the governing council had interests while its been so difficult for HYPREP to provide water for the Ogoni people despite spending over USD15Million on internal processes..
Nsuke also questioned the rational behind the award of contracts by HYPREP even in the absence of key performance indicators which suggest the absence of a plan.
Questioning the representative of HYPREP over the failure of the agency to put in place, an integrated soil management center as recommended by the UNEP, Nsuke said "How does HYPREP intend to handle the contaminated soil in the absence of a soil management center"
Other participants of the town hall meeting also noted the delays and obvious lack of a plan for the implementation of the cleanup programme and attributed the failure of HYPREP on the clean up of Ogoniland to a lack of an implementation plan.
Following the failures of HYPREP on the implementation of the UNEP report on Ogoniland particularly the contract scandals, MOSOP had called for the dissolution of the governing structures of HYPREP and their reconstitution to allow for an independent investigation into the contract fraud in HYPREP.
MOSOP had accused the HYPREP governing council of awarding contracts to companies in which the governing council members have interests.