1 The federal government on Monday urged Ogoni community leaders and other relevant stakeholders to accelerate action on the ongoing cleanup exercise in the area.
2 State Minister for the Environment Chief Sharon Ikeazor said this at a stakeholder meeting and inspection tour of Ogoniland in the Khana local government river area.
3 Ikeazor, responding to some of the leaders, who spoke on behalf of the community, said that the commitment of leaders and stakeholders would help accelerate the implementation of the project.
4 While he promised to address some of the communities’ concerns, he nevertheless requested their cooperation with the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) for the progress of the work.
5 The minister said that the meeting aimed to interact with all the communities that make up Ogoniland.
6 “Everyone has expressed concern about the delay of the project. I appreciate the concern, but how can we work together and accelerate the program?
8 “We want to work with groups of women and young people, but we need your cooperation.
9 “We want more indigenous people to acquire skills for the cleaning project so that we are not doing this over and over again,” he said.
10 Previously, the supreme ruler of the kingdom of Tai, King Godwin Gininwa, said that although the HYPREP project was not just for the people of Ogoni, Ogoniland should be considered first.
11 “Our land must be considered first in this project, even before other communities, because our people have suffered a lot of degradation,” he said.
12 Gininwa urged the federal government to work on the proposed Environmental University for Ogoniland to help educate people in the community in particular and the state in general.
14 Deeeyah thanked the minister for visiting the area, adding that this was a demonstration of the government’s concern for the well-being of the Ogoni people.
15 “I want you to know that we are happy and grateful for your visit. We ask you to do everything you can to make sure that the HYPREP project has the desired impact on the people in the area. “
16 Meanwhile, during the inspection of the Ogoni cleanup sites, Ikeazor expressed satisfaction with the work done.
17 “The last time we visited the site, the land was not fertile; We told them to work the land to make sure green pastures sprout.
19 “They should also do more to ensure that grass grows in other areas as well,” he said.