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Centre alleges politicisation of contract for Ogoniland cleanup

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• Want details of firms handling projects published
• Commends release of another N30 billion by govt
• MOSOP vows to resist oil-drilling operations in area

The African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development (Centre LSD) has alleged politicisation of contract for the Ogoni cleanup at the community level.

This, it said, led to exclusion of indigenous contractors and others from the Niger Delta region as well as drafting of the military to guard cleanup sites in Ogoniland.

The Centre, therefore, called on the Federal Government to publish the details of the companies handling the projects and the sites handed to them to aid monitoring by NGOs, CBOs and other interested parties who are following up and working on issues of the environment of the Niger Delta.

It commended the government for its commitment towards the cleanup of Ogoniland by releasing another N30 billion to the project account for the execution of the exercise as well as pre-qualification and contracting of more remediation companies and enjoined the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Clean-Up Governing Council to expedite action in the release of this funds for HYPREP to meet its expected results.

Acting Executive Director of the Centre, Mr. Monday Osasah, who spoke with journalists on the emergency measures and the cleanup of Ogoniland yesterday in Abuja, urged the government to put in place a communication plan to address the concern of dearth of information.

He also asked the government to thread with caution in the drafting of soldiers into the communities to provide security but instead should in the spirit of genuine partnership involve the people as the best security that can ever be provided for any project in the community, and indeed anywhere else.

Meanwhile, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has said that it will resist the Federal Government’s plan to resume oil production in Ogoniland.

President of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke, stated this at a meeting with the National Youth Council of Ogoni People (NYCOP), led by its President, Theophilus Mbagha, in Bori, Rivers State.

He said that any attempt to force oil production would be considered as continuation of the repression the people had suffered years ago in hands of government and Shell.

Nsuke also said it was shameful that a justifiable demand for fairness and equity to end the discrimination against the Ogoni people was being repressed by Shell and the state security operatives.

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