We cannot feel that $360 million has been freed up for cleanup, Ogoni youth lament

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Abe insists it is the Ogoni’s turn to produce a governor

Ogoni youth, under the aegis of the Ogoni Oil Producing Communities Youth Forum (OOPCYF), have lamented that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its joint venture partners reportedly released 360 million dollars to the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) for the cleanup. it has not been reflected anywhere in Ogoni land.

Recall that NNPC Group Managing Director Mele Kyari, while addressing a House of Representatives committee in February, said that funding was not a challenge for the Ogoni project, emphasizing that the national oil company and its partners JV were current on their financial commitment. to the course and that of the 1,000 million dollars of expenses proposed for the project by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), 360 million dollars had been released to the agency.

But a statement signed by OOPCYF President Barituka Loanyie and Secretary Norcross Wifa and made available to journalists in Port Harcourt yesterday said: “There is absolutely no noticeable improvement in people’s lives and the environment. environment that indicates that such an amount of money has been spent.

“We were moved when the Honorable Minister of State for the Environment, Sharon Ikeazor, declared that there would be a change not only in the structure of HYPREP but also in its programs to be in line with the aspirations of the people and the United Nations Program. Environment (UNEP) recommendations and we were impressed that a highly reputable Ogoni son, Dr. Ferdinand Giadom, was appointed as coordinator of the HYPREP project”

The youth group expressed their optimism that Giadom since its resumption has shown great determination and commitment to bring about much-desired change and results to improve the environment and people’s lives through different programs.

They vowed to resist alleged moves by “greedy and selfish personalities who do not want progress and genuine cleansing of Ogoniland to overthrow Giadom”.

MEANWHILE, Senator Magnus Ngei Abe has reiterated his assertion that it is the turn of the Ogoni ethnic nationality to produce the next Governor of Rivers State in a spirit of justice, fairness and equity.

Abe spoke yesterday during a visit to the monarch of the Gokana Kingdom, King Festus Paago Bagia.

The senator, who represented the Rivers Southeast Senate District, said that if elected governor, he would serve the state differently, putting people first.

He challenged the people of Rivers State to elect leaders with impeccable character, who would positively impact their lives, regardless of political party.

He said: “Your Majesty, I have come to tell you that I, your son, Magnus Ngei Abe, am seeking the post of Governor of Rivers State.

In response, Bagia, who spoke through Gokana Stakeholders Forum Chairman Mene Docday Baadom, said, “He (Abe) came to the palace to ask for blessings, and the Gberemene of Gokana has given him blessings.”

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