Ogoni clean-up: MOSOP gives FG ultimatum

Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), has given the Federal Government till December this year, to commence clean-up of oil-polluted areas of Ogoniland in Rivers State or face the wrath of the people.
MOSOP expressed dismay over delay in commencement of the clean-up since the the federal government launched the exercise over a year ago.
Briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, yesterday, on activities marking the 21st anniversary of Ogoni sons killed by the military, who struggled for the survival and development of the area, Secretary of the Martyrs Day Planning Committee, Mr. Bari-ara Kpalap, said since the flag-off of the clean-up and the ground-breaking, for the construction of the integrated contaminated soil management, nothing has been done in the area.
Kpalap said if nothing is done to commence the clean-up, the life of the people in the area would become more endangered than reported.
He said spilled oil has affected the soil and water in Ogoniland.
“Our expectations have not been met because since June 2, 2016 to date, we cannot point to anything concrete that the federal government has done, in the history of the clean-up of Ogoniland.
“The flag-off was done in June 2016 and they did another ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the integrated contaminated soil management. As we speak, construction or clean-up of the area is comatose,” he said.
Kpalap said the rate of pollution in Ogoni is high, and has expanded and deepened.
“The fertility of our soil continues to destroy, affecting food production and our livelihood. No clean water in the area, the drinkable water in Ogoniland is contaminated and has led to increase in health challenge.”
According to him, Ogoni people were not satisfied with the activities and urged the government to step up action and facilitate the cleanup exercise.
“If by the end of December this year, we do not see any meaningful activities as regards to clean-up in Ogoniland and nothing to convince us that the government is ready to commence the clean up, we will go back to the trenches and embark on a peaceful campaign against the federal government, until government matches its words with action,” MOSOP said.
Meanwhile, MOSOP has called on the government to respond to the demands of the Ogoni people as contained in the ‘Ogoni Bill of Rights’.
In another development, former militant leader, Government Ekpemupolo also known as Tompolo, in a statement by his media consultation, Paul Bebeminibo, urged the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to jettison the idea of deploying military hardware to the Niger Delta but, concentrate on carrying out development projects in the region.
Military hardware and Octopus Grip, he said, can no longer intimidate people who want development in their region.
Tompolo, who confirmed that over 20 gunboats have been deployed to the waterways, said the President Buhari administration should take a cue from the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan and bring stability to the region.
He urged the federal government to change the paradigm of military deployment to paradigm of development and see that relative peace will be attained.”
However, RNDA has kicked against any form of meeting between the federal government and Tompolo, warning that if it goes ahead with the meeting, it would incur the wrath of the militants.
RNDA leader, Major General Johnmark Ezonebi, in a statement, traced the agitations in the Niger Delta to the failure of Jonathan in the 2015 presidential elections and warned NDA to desist from further threats in the region.
A source in the Niger Delta Amnesty office said Boroh is not part of any meeting with Tompolo who is a fugitive in the eyes of the law.
According to the source, there is no meeting like that in which Boroh, who is presently out of the country, is expected to attend.