– Tasks FG on Ogoni Development Authority
Port Harcourt — The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People, MOSOP, has urged the federal government to speedily consider the proposals of the people for the implementation of Ogoni Development Authority, to usher in a new era of hope and avert a humanitarian situation.
President of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke, also maintained MOSOP’s opposition to Sahara Energy as an operator for OML11 Ogoni oilfields, accusing the oil firm of showing tendencies to be worse than the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited.
Nsuke said Sahara Energy has not shown any capacity to manage a huge oilfield that has been engrossed in conflicts for decades, and further accused the company of an inclination to be repressive.
Speaking while addressing members of the MOSOP Central Committee, the Ogoni leader said
said the apex Ogoni group may be compelled to declare Sahara Energy a “Persona non Grata” in Ogoni if the company continues to mount pressure and threaten the peace of Ogoni.
“Let it be clear that the Ogoni people are opposed to and reject Sahara Energy as an operator for the Ogoni oilfields, We have no confidence in them, we have not had any engagements with them and they have shown tendencies of being more repressive than Shell,” Nsuke said.
Nsuke called on the government to act speedily on the Ogoni issue to avert a humanitarian crisis noting that the Ogoni situation is very dicey at the moment with extreme youth unemployment, a devastated environment, high levels of insecurity, high death rates, no access to schools, no medical care and lots of other social problems.
He maintained that MOSOP’s current efforts are geared towards finding a sustainable solution to the Ogoni problem, which according to him has lasted some three decades and cost over 4,000 Ogoni lives.
“MOSOP hopes to get these issues with the government and the oil industry resolved in such a way that we will never have them recurring,” Nsuke said.
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