The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has described the prolonged delay by the Federal Government and Shell Petroleum and Development Company (SNEPCo) in the proposed Ogoniland cleanup exercise as a proof of their insincerity in remediating the havocs caused the people of the communities over the years.
Specifically, the group faulted the latest efforts by the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, HYPREP, to deceive the public through a press conference in Port Harcourt as purposeless and a complete distraction.
The Publicity Secretary of movement, Fegalo Nsuke, made the position of the group known in Bori, Khana Local Government area of Rivers State when he hosted some members of the National Youth Council of Ogoni People (NYCOP).
Nsuke described the HYPREP’s attempt at image laundering as deceptive since the Ogoni cleanup existed only on the lips of government agents and advocates of oil resumption in Ogoniland, adding that the actions of the government shows clearly that the programme reflects signs of failure and not profitable to the Ogoni people.
He explained: “What the Ogoni need now is for the land to be restored and not endless talk on internal processes and preparations. It is a shameful thing that the people in Ogoni are dying by the day and Shell and the Nigerian government through HYPREP are busy calling press conferences and explaining their endless preparations”.
“We want them to know that their press conferences cannot change anything about the lies we have known them for, their deception and hatred for the Ogoni people” Nsuke lamented.
He urged the Ogoni people not to be swayed by the HYPREP’s deception but to continue their peaceful approach to press home the Ogoni demands for a better deal as contained in the Ogoni Bill of Rights.
According to him, the only solution to the Ogoni problem is for the government to respect the rights and demands of the people as contained in the Ogoni Bill of Rights.