UNEP Report: Ogoni Politicians Urged To Pressure FG On Implementation


From Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt

Rivers State media practitioners of Ogoni extraction have tasked political officeholders from the area to prevail on Federal Government to implement the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report on oil the devastation of Ogoniland as a result of oil exploration.

The media men under the National Association Ogoni Media Workers (NAOMEW) stressed this during a courtesy call on the Deputy Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly (RVHA), Leyii Kwanee, in his office in Port Harcourt.

President of the group, Joe Visangha, in a speech noted that since August 2011, no tangible effort had been made to implement the report while the associated ecological and environmental hazards continue unabated, wondering if the situation would not have been different if Ogonis in political offices show a bit more concern.

“It is our thinking that those of you in the legislature should reach out to other elected Ogonis and elite to pressurise the government to implement the report,” Visangha told Kwanee.

Responding, the Deputy Speaker, representing Khana II in the RVHA, assured that he would reach out to the intended political officeholders at both the state and federal government levels to collaborate in ensuring that government sees the imperative to implement the UNEP report without further delay.

Kwanee who doubles as Chairman, Parliamentary Exchange and Mentorship Programme of the Pan-African Parliament equally pledged personal material support to NAOMEW to realise its dream of relentless enlightenment for a better Ogoni including a planned Peace Summit to be convened by the body soon.

He, however, said these aspirations including Ogoni agitation to produce the 2015 successor to Governor Rotimi Amaechi would not materialise unless the Ogonis unite in one voice to support the present governor in moving Rivers to the next level.