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A Special Ogoni Congress called by the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) was held today, Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at the Peace and Freedom Centre, Bori-Ogoni. It was attended by over two thousand participants, which included women groups, youth groups, traditional rulers, professionals, and politicians.

A Special Ogoni Congress called by the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) was held today, Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at the Peace and Freedom Centre, Bori-Ogoni. It was attended by over two thousand participants, which included women groups, youth groups, traditional rulers, professionals, and politicians.

The Congress congratulated the Ogoni people for their peaceful and massive participation in the flag-off of the implementation of the UNEP Report.
 
The Congress also deliberated on key issues and urgent matters affecting Ogoniland and resolved as follows:
 
State of Insecurity in Ogoni
 
Congress condemns the deplorable state of insecurity in Ogoniland occasioned by kidnapping, violence and robbery and the latest invasion of some Ogoni communities particularly Kporghor, Kira and Borobara by her Okrika neighbours. Congress laments the seeming inability of security agencies to deal with the increasing scale of insecurity in the area
While calling on government at all levels particularly the Federal and Rivers state governments to ensure the provision of necessary logistics and machineries for security agencies  to respond appropriately to the  situation,  the Congress calls on the various governments to fundamentally address the security problem to the roots, particularly as regards the following factors: – small arms proliferation, drug abuse, mass poverty, mass destitution, unemployment and the expansionist tendencies of some ethnic groups in the state.
Congress also calls on all security agencies operating in the area to develop appropriate security plans and intelligence gathering strategies to guarantee apt and fitting response to the security challenges in the area.
Congress charged all traditional rulers and youths in the area to integrate security issues into the development plans of their communities and work tirelessly and collaboratively with security agencies to stamp out criminal gangs from our communities 
UNEP Report Implementation Process
 
Congress expresses its appreciation to the President of the country, General Muhammadu Buhari for carrying out the flag-off ceremony for the implementation of the recommendations of UNEP report on Ogoniland.
 
Congress however notes with concern the apparent slow pace of progress on the implementation process.
 
Congress urges the federal government to speedily put into place the governance structures for the implementation of the UNEP report on Ogoniland without further delay
 
Resumption of Oil Production in Ogoniland
Congress notes with dismay the re-introduction of the controversial issue of restarting of oil production in Ogoniland by the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), a subsidiary of Nigeria’s national oil corporation at a time the Ogoni people and indeed the entire global community is expecting the federal government to move with some deliberate speed in the implementation of the monumental remediation and restoration of the already over-polluted Ogoni environment
Congress observed that many sensitive issues in the entire Shell’s asset divestment and acquisition plans are shrouded in much secrecy and needed to be thoroughly examined.
Congress alerted that the present attempt may be a ploy by Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited (SPDC) and the Nigeria Petroleum Development Company (NPDC) both of whom are joint venture partners, to cause division amongst Ogoni people and derail the Ogoni environmental remediation and restoration process.
Congress calls on Ogoni sons and daughters to refrain from or be wary of any engagement relating to reopening of oil exploration and production in Ogoniland until the issues of Ogoni environmental rejuvenation have been properly addressed.
Right to Education, Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic and the Renaming of Rivers State College of Arts and Science
Congress observed that the right to education forms part of the corpus of universal human rights, which is the foundational principles upon which MOSOP and the struggles of the Ogoni people had been anchored. The congress appreciates the 4-As framework which proposes that governments, as the prime duty-bearers, have to respect, protect and fulfill the right to education by making education available, accessible, acceptable and adaptable.
Whilst noting Rivers State government efforts to make education more available to citizens of the State   particularly for middle level manpower development by formalizing the upgrade of the Rivers State College of Arts and Science to a polytechnic, congress calls on the Rivers State Government as part of ways of promoting quality education and higher-level manpower development in the state to immediately set in motion a machinery for the upgrade of the Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic to a degree awarding institution or a full-fledged university.
Congress calls on the Rivers State Government to immediately address the infrastructural deficit and lack of adequate facilities in the Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic including the recruitment of adequate and qualified staff to enhance quality and effective learning at the institution
Congress calls on the authorities of the Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic to enhance the role and voice of the community in the benefit sharing arrangements and management of the institution.
 
Done at Bori this day 9th July, 2016
 
Signed:
Legborsi Saro Pyagbara                                    
President, MOSOP                                               
 

Anthony Mbaa Porole
Secretary, MOSOP

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