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Press Briefing on Ogoni Environment by the MOSOP President, Mr. Legborsi Saro Pyagbara on 3rd August 2015 at the MOSOP Secretariat, Port Harcourt

Members of the Press
Ladies and gentlemen

Last year  during the 3rd Anniversary of the release of UNEP Report, the Ogoni People through MOSOP  proclaimed  4th August  as the Ogoni Environment Day and called on every Ogoni person, every Ogoni community  and supporters of the Ogoni People  and lovers of the  environment  all over the world to join  the Ogoni people in celebrating the day and drawing attention of  critical stakeholders to the issues of  conservation of biodiversity and protection of the environment.

Press Briefing on Ogoni Environment by the MOSOP President, Mr. Legborsi Saro Pyagbara on 3rd August 2015 at the MOSOP Secretariat, Port Harcourt

Members of the Press
Ladies and gentlemen

Last year  during the 3rd Anniversary of the release of UNEP Report, the Ogoni People through MOSOP  proclaimed  4th August  as the Ogoni Environment Day and called on every Ogoni person, every Ogoni community  and supporters of the Ogoni People  and lovers of the  environment  all over the world to join  the Ogoni people in celebrating the day and drawing attention of  critical stakeholders to the issues of  conservation of biodiversity and protection of the environment.

My dear brothers, sisters, colleagues and friends, we remember this day with all sense of history and responsibility.  This day did not just come. August 4th was the culmination of the struggles of our forbears which began in 1990 in the Ogoni villages to the hallowed halls of the United Nations in 1998 when the UN Special Rapporteur called for the environmental study of Ogoniland. It continued to the 2000s precisely in 2006 when the Obasanjo administration invited the UNEP to carry out its study of the Ogoni environment to August 4th 2011 when UNEP finally released its report. This day therefore demonstrates the resilience, tenacity, strength and commitment of the Ogoni people to challenge the denigrators of their land and restore its pristine environment. On the negative side, this day clearly demonstrates the failure of the Nigeria government to protect its own citizens from the abuse of corporate power and corporate greed and the environmental racism in Ogoniland and the Niger Delta as a whole.

On  this Ogoni Environment Day, we expect people to come together at the community level, school level, places of work  and we also we expect people to come together at the family level to  initiate discussions, promote awareness and positive action on the Ogoni environment in order to create a sustainable environment for the future of our children and posterity.

The UNEP report had raised concerns about one of the most-pressing environmental challenges of our day, the ongoing environmental terrorism being committed against the Ogoni people by a Nigeria state with a slumbering conscience, a state which has demonstrated in all sense that it cares little about our survival as a people. A  Nigeria State that had vowed to promote a set of negative actions for the continued destruction of our environmental resources to deprive us of its environmental services and use.

It is within this context that we welcome renewed interest of the present government of Nigeria led by President Muhammadu Buhari to open up discussions on the implementation of the UNEP Report on Ogoniland. The Ogoni people are fully prepared to engage in these discussions.
We are therefore seizing this opportunity to call on all levels of government particularly the state and local governments to engage fully with this process of implementation of the report.

Ogoni Environment Day to raise awareness of the special needs of the diverse and fragile ecosystem of Ogoniland and to promote discussion on how to achieve a sustainable environment future for the Ogoni people. It is in this context, that we are holding a seminar tomorrow with the theme: Restore the Environment: Protect Our Lives.

MOSOP in the light of the foregoing therefore makes the following recommendations:

1.      Call on the Nigeria Government to pay compensation to Ogoni People in respect of the damage done to their environment.
 
2.      Call on the Nigeria Government to quicken the pace of implementation of the UNEP report as any further delay would continue to increase the implications of the pollution as the pollution footprints would expand. Besides, further delay would affect the report itself and may require another study to validate its earlier findings. UNEP in 2013 alluded to this fact.
 
3.      Call on Shell to end its dubious divide and rule game of  payments that is causing conflicts in Ogoni communities
 

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