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The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) on Tuesday 16th September 2014 rejected any part implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) on Tuesday 16th September 2014 rejected any part implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

President of MOSOP, Legborsi Saro Pyagbara who spoke in Abuja at a stakeholders’ forum on environmental restoration of Ogoniland organized by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, pledged that  the people are ready to collaborate to sustain any genuine effort towards the implementation of the report, noting that there is no alternative to consultation in chatting a course for the protection of the Ogoni environment.

Pyagbara maintained that: “We believe strongly that coming together we can chat a new course for the protection of Ogoni environment . Hon minister, that is why we are here, and I can assure you on behalf of MOSOP  and the Ogoni people that we are ever ready to collaborate with partner to sustain every genuine effort to drive the process the implementation of the UNEP report.

“For the Ogoni people, we are not prepared for any half measure in the way to implement this report. For the Ogoni people we feel that all that is needed should be put in place for the full implementation of that report. I think this is where the Ogoni people stand.”

He recalled that he had at the 8th August, 2014 meeting urged the government to rise above politics and put words into action  in its bid to achieve a sustainable Ogoni environment.

“As I emphasized during at last consultative meeting, we need to rise above politics, and put words to action, if we are ready to achieve a sustainable Ogoni environment that we need to achieve,” he said.

The chairman, Rivers State Traditional Rulers Council, Gbenemene Giniwa, advised the people to “behave” themselves since the federal government is already in consultation with them.

Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Madueke announced that the Federal Government was working hard to set up a centre of  excellence in environmental restoration  in Ogoniland to train, and provide competencies  and vocational and technical skills, capacity building, expert assistance required by stakeholders through government agencies .

According to her, “this is for the stakeholders to carry out their mandate in protection, preservation and restoration of the environment.”

Madueke added that the “actual location of the Vocational Training entities is what is being discussed at this moment. Some suggest we should fully refurbish and upgrade Bori  Polytechnic but again these are some of the issue I expect here today during this discuss.”

She expressed hope that the youths in Ogoniland will be able to take advantage to enhance their knowledge  and strengthen their capacity to become involved in the process of restoration Programme.

The minister said that government  intended to deploy very robust approach to yet to be resolved issues to resolve old issues in new innovative ways and to create alternative means of livelihood  for impacted communities via social economic projects .

She maintained that government would engage all stakeholders in various capacities to bring sustainable and positive change in the communities by creating employment, and increasing the community economic control.

Speaking, the Minister of Environment, Laurntia Laraba Mallam assured the stakeholders that the ministry will provide the relevant technical support required for the cleanup of Ogoni land.

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