31 August 2017, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt – The delay by the Federal Government to begin the actual clean-up of oil impacted sites in Ogoniland as recommended by United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP, is now a source of serious concern for students in Rivers State.
A group known as Rivers South-East Students Assembly, RSESA, says it is sad that the government was yet to begin work in the area more than a year after Vice President Yemi Osinbajo flagged off the clean-up in Bodo.
National Coordinator of RSESA, Mr. Enoch Fubara, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to clean up Ogoniland so as to improve the health and economic life of people of the area.
Fubara also called on every authority concerned with the clean-up to hasten it up, saying pollution in the area was posing a serious health challenge to the people.
“Basically, we want to lend our voice and call on the Federal Government and other relevant authorities to hasten up with the implementation of UNEP clean-up report in Ogoniland.
“The health condition of the people of this senatorial district is worrisome.
“There is no potable drinking water in the area, therefore there is need for the implementation of the clean up to be quick, because it will help people from this area and even students to live a healthy life,” he said.