To train 1,200 Ogoni women
Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
As part of the implementation of United Nation Environment Programme popularly known as UNEP report in Ogoni, the Federal government yesterday launched an integrated soil management centre to begin the process in Ogoni land.
The historical event which was performed by the Honourable Minister of Environment, Mrs Amina Mohammed in Bori, the ancient capital of Ogoni land, Khana Local government area of Rivers State attracted all sons and daughters of Ogoni land.
Chiefs, traditional rulers, politicians, youths including the representative of multi-national companies and civil society organizations were also present at the occasion.
Speaking, the Minister of Environment, Mrs. Amina Mohammed who was accompanied by the Minister of State for Environment and other top senior officers of the ministry, said President Mohammadu Buhari is interested in the development of the Niger Delta region.
She said the Ogoni clean -up was part of President Buhari’s campaign promises to Ogoni people, adding that the project is not for sharing of money but investing money for the development of the area.
The environment Minister noted that the federal government will begin the clean- up with the training of 1,200 Ogoni women who she said have made a lot of sacrifices carrying Ogoni burdens.
She called on the traditional leaders, youths, civil society and others to support the project by ensuring that the federal government succeeds on the clean-up and also sustaining the clean-up.
Amina said: “The development of Ogoni land is the priority of this administration under the leadership by President Mohammadu Buhari. This is one of his campaign promises. This is the recognition of the fight, struggle, and injustice of Ogoni People.
“What we want to do is to start something that in the next five years people will attest the government effort. In the next 20 years we will restore Ogoni land to where it was years ago. From the community leaders, youths, women oil companies, civil society groups, everybody must play his or her part to ensure that we succeed.
“The clean up in Ogoni land is not just for a particular section of people it is a collective responsibility. Our wives, daughter, mother and sisters, it is because of them that we continue to have hope for the future. Today, we are going to start with 1,200 Ogoni women in this project.”