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Ogoniland: FG not serious about clean-up—Wike



Aminat Isah


Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike says the Federal Government is not serious about the clean-up of Ogoniland.

The governor stated this when he granted audience to the Senate Committee on Environment on Investigative visit to Ogoniland on Monday.

According to Wike, the  Ogoni clean up programme remains a political project aimed at attaining political mileage.

Governor Wike said that the people of Rivers State are tired of procrastination in relation to the execution of the clean up.

“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. “.

He said that  the devastation  of Ogoniland has impoverished  the people by destroying their farmlands and fishing waters.

He regretted that as a  state that produces the wealth of the nation, Rivers State has no single motorable Federal Road.

Commenting on the soot, Governor Wike stated that it is a fallout  of oil pollution, stressing that people are suffering the health  hazards.

Earlier, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment, Senator Oluremi Tinubu said  the committee was on an oversight visit to ascertain the level of environmental degradation in Ogoniland.

She said that the committee will draw attention to the environmental challenges facing the Ogoni people .

“We are concerned about these issues. We will use face masks when we get to  the location. Face masks  will draw attention to the message to world  on the essence of the clean up “.

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