28 November 2018, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt — The Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, on Monday declared that the Federal Government is not serious about the clean-up of Ogoniland.
The governor stated that the Ogoni clean-up programme remains a political project aimed at attaining political mileage.
Speaking when he granted audience to the Senate Committee on Environment on an Investigative visit to Ogoniland, Governor Wike said that the people of Rivers State are tired of procrastination in relation to the execution of the cleanup.
According to him, “The Federal Government is not serious about the clean up of Ogoniland.
“We are tired of telling our people that the project will start next year.
“Let it not be a political project. Look at the North East, a commission was established and $1billion released. “.
The Governor explained that the devastation of Ogoniland has impoverished the people by destroying their farmlands and fishing waters.
He regretted that Rivers state which produces the wealth of the nation has no single motorable Federal Road.
Earlier, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, said that the Committee was on an oversight visit to ascertain the level of environmental degradation in Ogoniland.
Tinubu assured that the Committee will draw the federal government attention to the environmental challenges facing the Ogoni people.
She said, “We are concerned about these issues. We will use face masks when we get to the location. face masks will draw the attention of the world to the essence of the cleanup.”