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Our Position on The Ogoni UNEP Report Implementation - MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators Forum
 
Published June 26th, 2014



The MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators Forum met June 25th 2014 and deliberated on critical issues affecting the Ogoni especially the implementation of the UNEP report which was released nearly three years ago.

As we may all know, recent calls for the implementation of the UNEP report had been devoid of objectivity with some individuals condemning the report and at the same time calling for it's implementation.

Like the "#BringBackOurGirls" demonstrations, the UNEP report has become another source of blind criticism against the federal government without an objective look at critical inhibitions against the report's implementation.

The MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators Forum resolved as follows after very careful and objective reflection of the situation:.

   

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1. The MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators Forum expressed concern about a possible diversion of Ogoni clean-up funds into political party activities in Rivers State especially the All Progressive Congress. Our fear is precipitated on the fact that the leadership of the HydroCarbon Pollution and Restoration Project(HYPREP), the federal government agency overseeing the implementation of the Ogoni cleanup report is a well known ally of the Rivers State governor. The HYPREP Boss has been linked to a failed road project linking the Ogoni community of Biara to the Mile 30 axis of the Saakpenwa-Bori road. This puts the credibity of the HYPREP leadership to question. We are concerned about the possibility that she could be blackmailed into compromising because of obvious deficiencies and to avoid a possible government probe.

2. We maintain that Governor Amaechi who is presently implementing a genocidal programme against the Ogoni people with the denial of land used for subsistence farming by over 30,000 Ogoni community dwellers does not have the moral right to speak for the Ogoni. Let Governor Amaechi see to the completion of his abandoned road projects in Gokana and all over Ogoni, let him implement the water projects he promised the four Ogoni local government areas, let him resume the supply of potable water he promised Ogoni in 2011 after the release of the UNEP report, let Amaechi address the issues of sponsored community conflicts in Ogoni and let Amaechi forget about the possibility of the use of Ogoni cleanup funds for the 2015 elections.

3. We are convinced that HYPREP as presently constituted does not have the required credibility to oversee the implementation of the Ogoni cleanup report.

4. The MOSOP Coordinators Forum calls on the Nigerian government to halt all processes regarding the Ogoni UNEP report implementation until the 2015 elections are concluded. This we believe is to safeguard a possible abuse of the cleanup funds.

We urge all Ogonis to disregard any insidious means which could be deployed to force them out for any demonstration calling for the implementation of the UNEP report.

Signed:
Frank Jonah
Chairman, MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators Forum
Bori, Ogoniland.


 
 
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