Rivers Condition Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, has declared that the Ogoni clean-up exercise can only succeed when the Federal Authorities stops playing politics with the programme.
Speaking all through a courtesy go to by the Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar on Thursday at the Govt Household Port Harcourt, Governor Wike urged the Federal Govt to arrive with the conditions for the implementation of the Ogoni Thoroughly clean-up Exercising as recommended by the UNEP Report.
Governor Wike observed that since 2016 when the Ogoni Clean-up Exercising was flagged off, no tangible milestone has been achieved.
He said: “I am not joyful that the Rivers Condition Government is not section of the clean-up training. No person has ever briefed the Condition Govt. The programme has been politicized.
“The only way the programme will work is when we all perform with each other. The programme is not functioning simply because they see it as politics. They are working with unqualified contractors to execute the project.”
The Governor stated alternatively than tell the environment the level of achievements attained, the Federal Government continues to flow into identical old story of handing above remediation web pages to contractors.
“Its unlucky that no tangible effort has been realized. Handing above remediation website to contractors does not mean the operate has been accomplished.
“Since 2016 until date, its the similar tale for the reason that the men and women are from this part of the state. Its unfortunate. The Federal Governing administration is supposed to occur up and say that they have been in a position to achieve about 30% of the clean up-up in Ogoniland.
“What I want to listen to is we have accomplished about 30%, we have reached about 40% of the thoroughly clean-up. The Federal Government should really tell the people if they are not all set to clean up up of Ogoniland,” he stated.
He regretted that some Ogoni sons are section of the challenges negating the effective clean up up of Ogoniland. He stated Ogoni individuals doing the job with the training ought to tell the planet if they are contented with the programme.
Governor Wike stated that even though he supports the cleanup the condition govt will not have interaction in what it was in no way invited to.
He additional that the failure to clean up up Ogoniland is majorly prompted by Ogoni sons and daughters.
And this he attributed to politics, demanding any Ogoni son or daughter to notify the globe if they are contented with the cleanse-up workout in their land.