Ogoni indigenes urge govt to implement UNEP report

Spilt oil floats in swamps of Bodo

Spilt oil floats in swamps of Bodo

05 August 2013, Abuja – Indigenes of Ogoniland, an oil rich area in Rivers State, have urged the Federal Government to implement the recommendations of the United Nations Environmental Programme on their community.

They decried the government’s neglect of the report two years after it was published, and stressed that nothing had been done to clean up the environmental pollution in the area.

The facilitator, Ogoni Generation Next Project, an organisation of young professionals from the community, Mr. Kadilo Kabari, said the government should not neglect the area to the extent that indigenes would be forced to resort to self-help.

He said this in Abuja when a 22-member delegation of the OGNP paid a courtesy visit to the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese and Presidential Mediator on Ogoni, Rev. Matthew Kukah.

The Chairman, Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers and President, Supreme Council of Ogoni Traditional Rulers, King G.N. K. Gininwa, accompanied the team to Abuja.

– The Punch

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