20 August 2018, Sweetcrude, Port Harcourt — A group known as Ogoni Community Development Network, has condemned the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government for the continuous delay in the implementation of UNEP report in Ogoniland.
The group has also rejected the alleged attempts by the government to resume oil exploration in Ogoniland without broad-based negotiations with the people of Ogoni.
These were resolutions reached by the group at its 2018 congress held in Bori, Khana local government area of Rivers State.
The resolutions read by the Secretary of the group, Mr. Alubabari Taanadee Deekor, also called for the resignation of MOSOP President, Mr. Legborsi Pyagbara, from the governing council of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, HYPREP.
According to the group, “Congress condemned delays in the implementation of the Ogoni cleanup by the government of Nigeria.
“Congress rejected attempts by the government to resume oil production in Ogoniland without negotiations.
“Congress demanded that the President of MOSOP, Legborsi Pyagbara should resign from the governing board of HYPREP immediately to allow MOSOP play its role as a watchdog on the project.”
However, the group further rejected alleged plans by the present executives of MOSOP to extend their tenure in office and vowed to resist moves by the Pyagbara-led MOSOP executive to extend its tenure beyond December 2018.
The Congress also called on Ogoni elders (Gbo-Kabaari) and other Ogoni leaders to rescue the dwindling popularity of MOSOP by calling for a congress of the Ogoni people to constitute an electoral body that should conduct elections and elect new executives of MOSOP at all levels.