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As the world celebrates the World Environment Day June 5, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has again called on the federal government to, without further delay, take concrete post-launch steps relating to the implementation of the UNEP environmental assessment report on Ogoniland.

As the world celebrates the World Environment Day June 5, the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has again called on the federal government to, without further delay, take concrete post-launch steps relating to the implementation of the UNEP environmental assessment report on Ogoniland.

It is in this regard that we call on the Nigerian government led by President Buhari to announce and inaugurate the governance mechanisms (the Governing Council, Board of Trustees and the Trust Fund) of the reformed Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Programme (HYPREP) to underline its publicly declared commitment to remediating and restoring the hydrocarbon degraded Ogoni environment. The structures would be responsible for the co-ordination of activities and management of funds hence the rejuvenation exercise cannot commence without these organs.

However, it is important to recognise that the environmental pollution in Ogoni is not stopping but spreading and deepening and compromising the inalienable right of the people to clean and safe environment necessary for sustainable development and also, our right to life. Evidence abound that in Ogoni today, there is an increase in the death of natives and residents, which is traceable to hydrocarbon contamination of our environment.

Nevertheless, we would reiterate our position that the environmental crisis in Ogoni is not a political matter but a purely environmental issue. It is in this vein that we warn local politicians to desist from dragging the Ogoni environmental revival into the murky waters of dirty politics. The deteriorating condition of our people arising from the globally acknowledged environmental devastation in the region and until now, lack of any tangible intervention by government and related corporate institutions ought to attract the sympathy of these politicians rather than the current attempts at short-changing the people for parochial political and economic interests.

We are aware that an overwhelming majority of the Ogoni people are deeply uncomfortable with the devious and improper behaviour of these politicians and would peacefully and non-violently resist their undermining approaches.

The World Environmental Day is held every year on June 5 to raise awareness concerning the global environment and engender needed attention and galvanise public action relating thereto. The theme of the 2016 celebration is “fight against the illegal trade in wildlife.”

The event was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972.

Signed:
Bari-ara Kpalap
Media/Public Affairs Advisor
MOSOP
4 June, 2016

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