04 November 2018, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt — The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, has said that the cleanup of Ogoniland would end up as Nigeria’s biggest scam if left the way it is presently structured.
Publicity Secretary of MOSOP, Mr. Fegalo Nsuke, said this at the weekend in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, when he met with leaders of the National Youth Council of the Ogoni People, NYCOP.
Nsuke accused the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, HYPREP, of being desperate to spend money and not bothered about the integrity of the cleanup process and the welfare of the people of Ogoni.
He also accused HYPREP of not following the fundamental recommendations of the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, such as the establishment of an integrated soil management centre, to take care of wastes that would accrue from the clean-up exercise.
The MOSOP spokesman also called for the removal of the Shell Petroleum Development Company, SPDC, from the governing council of HYPREP and the clean-up Board of Trustees, saying that the company (Shell) was still seen by the Ogoni people as an enemy.
“It is absurd that HYPREP is desperate to spend money on the clean-up of Ogoniland just as elections approach without first putting in place the Integrated Soil Management Center which should take care of the wastes from the clean-up process.
“What HYPREP is doing is to desperately find ways that can allow them to spend money meant for the cleanup without concern for the integrity of the process.
“HYPREP is no longer concerned about the fundamental recommendations of the UNEP report which concerns the Ogoni people especially the provision of safe drinking water in Ogoni communities as an emergency measure.”
Nsuke warned that the impact of excavation and cleaning of the massive spill situation in Ogoniland would be counterproductive without providing alternative sources of water for the people.
“HYPREP should be ashamed that up till now, it has been unable to provide water for the Ogoni people and yet it has spent over $10million without any positive impact on the people,” he said.