MOSOP to generate database of contractors, others for Ogoni cleanup

The Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) has commenced the process of generating comprehensive database of graduates, contractors and artisans in Ogoniland ahead of the full implementation of the Ogoni cleanup.

MOSOP Publicity Secretary, Fegalo Nsuke disclosed this in a statement made available to the News of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja yesterday.

Nsuke said MOSOP President, Legborsi Pyagbara made the announcement after a meeting between the organisation and representatives of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Port Harcourt.

Pyagbara explained that compiling the database of Ogoni professionals, graduates, skilled and unskilled personnel was necessary to access their capacity and the level of training required for the engagement of the Ogoni people for the cleanup.

“As part of our preparations, we will launch database of Ogoni graduates and contractors to enable us to have good understanding of our capacity as a people ahead of the full implementation of the clean-up.

“We also need data of artisans, skilled and unskilled personnel to enable us to determine our training requirements,” he said.

Lagos begins enforcement of Ikoyi, Victoria Island clean-up

Four weeks after issuing public notices and ultimatum, the Lagos State Special Task Force on the Clean-Up of Ikoyi, Victoria Island over the weekend started the clearing of all illegal structures and shanties.

The Clean-Up operation team which was led by the Chairman of the Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences, Supol Yinka Egbeyemi, commenced simultaneously in Ikoyi and Victoria Island at 8am on Saturday and has continued on Sunday morning.

It featured the removal of kiosks, sheds by the roadside, disused tyres, pulling down of shanties and structures on road setbacks, medians and walkways by bulldozers and payloaders.

The Clean Up team comprised of operatives of the Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences, Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI), officials of State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), State Parks and Garden Agency (LASPARK), Ikoyi- Obalende LCDA, Iru-victoria Island LCDA and representatives of Victoria Island Ikoyi Residents Association (VIIRA).

The Ikoyi team which started it’s Clean -Up from Awolowo Road down to Falomo through Bourdillon Road before terminating at the frontage of Lekki-ikoyi Link Bridge, removing items and structures by the roadside and also apprehended some commercial motorcyclists who rode against traffic.

The team in Victoria Island commenced the Clean -Up at the Ozumba Mbadiwe Waterfront which had not only become a massive refuse dump but also an automobile workshop and food court.

At the end of the Clean-Up at the Waterfront, the heaps of garbage was carted away by trucks of LAWMA and the site secured by the State Parks and Garden to prevent re-entry by the owners of the shanties.

The Task Force also cleared Water Corporation Drive in Victoria Island which is a location to several infractions like building on the median and setback.

All the illegal structures on the road setback at the beginning of Water Corporation Drive which included bars, canteens, block moulding industry and a car wash were all pulled down.

The stretch of Ahmadu Bello Way was also touched by the Clean-Up team which removed garbage on the roadside whilst affixing 12hours removal notices on indiscriminately parked vehicles and equipments.

The Clean Up team also touched many of the abandoned State Liaison offices on Ahmadu Bello Way which were being inhabited by squatters including the former Kogi Liaison Office which had been converted to a canteen and gave directives to occupiers to do the needful or risk a sealing off.

A large expanse of land on Ligali Ayorinde which had been taken over by squatters who erected alcohol joints, canteens and a home for undesirable elements was cleared by the Task Force after the evacuation of the squatters, their goods and properties.

The Chairman of the Task Force and Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello while inspecting the level of Clean-Up at Ahmadu Bello Way, Ozumba Mbadiwe Waterfront and Ligali Ayorinde used the opportunity to once advice owners of illegal structures not yet touched to willing pull them down before the Task Force does so.

The Clean-Up exercise which is a continuous one is aimed at restoring the original masterplan of Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Lekki.

Federal Government Warns of Fraudsters In The Ogoni Cleanup

The Federal Ministry of Environment has issued a warning to the people of Ogoni and the entire Niger Delta region on the emergence of dubious individuals who will pose as Government officials, in order to extort money from communities in the Niger Delta, in the name of Ogoni cleanup.

The Ministry of Environment issued this warning through a statement signed by the Ministry’s press director, Alhaji Isiaka Yusuf. The statement reiterated that the Federal Government is undertaking the clean-up project in Ogoniland alongside other stakeholders in the oil industry, and it will not authorize any individual or group to collect money from people in the Niger Delta.

Read the full statement below.

Ogoniland Clean-up, FG Cautions against Fraudsters

“Following the Flag off of the clean-up of Ogoniland, and other oil impacted communities of the Niger Delta by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Federal Ministry of Environment has been consulting with the stakeholders in the Niger Delta with a view to ensure proper commencement of the clean-up project

However, It has come to the knowledge of the Federal Ministry of Environment that some dubious individuals may use the opportunity of the project to extort money from the unsuspecting people of the Niger Delta communities. This includes the forgery of Federal Government Agencies letters.

Without doubt, we wish to state that the Federal Government in collaboration with other stakeholders in the oil industry is funding the project. It has not and will not authorize or contract individuals, groups and or organizations to collect money from the good people of the Niger Delta on behalf of the government for the purpose of cleanup of Ogoniland and other oil impacted communities in the Niger Delta region.

In view of the foregoing, the ministry hereby warns that anybody, groups or organisations found extorting money from the people for the purpose of the Ogoniland cleanup project will be made to face the full wrath of the law

The General public is therefore requested to report anybody, group and or organization, collecting money from people for the cleanup exercise to the police or any other law enforcement agency.

The ministry, therefore, takes this opportunity to reiterate the Federal Government’s commitment in ensuring the transparent and successful cleanup of Ogoniland,’’

In a related development, Guardian Newspapers reports that the lack of funds may stall the actual start of the clean-up.

A source who is said to be from one of the oil companies was quoted by Guardian in the report, saying that there is no money currently set aside by the Federal Government, or any oil company for the clean-up.

“It is the joint venture partners that are supposed to come up with 90 per cent of the funding. It is not factual that any oil company has kept money aside to fund the cleanup. For the government there is implication for funding, NNPC has to come up with its share of the funding. There is no $1 billion anywhere that Shell has kept,” the source said.

Guardian also reports that the Ministry of Environment’s 2016 budget does not make any provision to cover the clean-up.

At the weekend, the Federal Government approved 23 members of Governing Council and Board of Trustees for the Cleanup. The members are expected to be inaugurated on Thursday.

President Buhari To Launch Ogoni Clean-Up June 2

President Muhammadu Buhari will launch the Ogoni land clean-up on June 2, a statement has said.
This is contained in a statement issued by Mr Chijioke Amu-Nnadi, Head of Corporate Affairs unit, Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) in Port Harcourt on Monday. It stated that the Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed, confirmed the date when she visited Bodo in Gokana Local Government Area of the state to inspect an oil spill clean-up demonstration.
The statement quoted Mohammed as saying that the president had given assurances that the area would be cleaned-up in fulfilment of his electioneering promise to people of the Niger Delta.

“I can confirm that President Buhari will visit Ogoni land on June 2 to flag-off clean-up of oil spills in the area as recommended in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report.
“Buhari would return to Ogoni land where he inaugurated a fish pond in 1984 where the once flourishing pond regrettably had been destroyed by oil pollution.
“The Federal Government is coming back to restore the ecosystem to what it used to be and as such restore the peoples’ source of livelihood.
“We are not just committed to implementing the UNEP report but we are also going beyond that by taking steps to improve security, good governance and economy of the Niger Delta region.
“I can assure that the clean-up exercise is only the beginning, as Mr President is focused on restoring hope to people of the region,” the statement quoted the minister as saying.

Mohammed solicited support of all stakeholders to make the exercise a success.
The statement also quoted Mrs Ibim Semenitari, the Acting Managing Director of NDDC, as saying that the clean was of utmost importance to the commission.

 
Semenitari lauded the president for taking steps to fulfil his electioneering promise of improving welfare and living conditions of people of Ogoni and others in the region.
“Ogonis are united behind this effort by the Federal Government to clean up their environment, and as such, the people will help in ensuring sustainability of the clean-up,’’ she said.
Semenitari said that NDDC through Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan Forum would mobilise and coordinate support of various stakeholders to make the clean-up a success.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the UNEP report was released in September 2011, with a call on the Nigeria and multinational oil companies to clean-up the Ogoni land.

 

(NAN)

Our Priority Is To Clean Up Corruption Mess- Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has said the task before his administration is to clean up the mess that corruption had brought on the country and rebuild institutions that had been so much ravaged.

Speaking at the opening of the 21st Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja yesterday, Buhari who was represented by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo noted that Nigeria, at the moment, was faced with monumental challenges.

He said, “We are at a time of monumental challenges and tough choices, but also a time of incredible opportunities for achieving competitiveness, inclusive growth and sustainability.

“We, as a government, are called upon to make tough choices in exchange control restrictions, altering the absurd recurrent to capital expenditure ratio, reducing the deficit and reducing the overall size of governance.

“We are called upon to clean up the mess and rebuild the institutions that corruption has ravaged over the years.”

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