Wike Urges FG To Expedite Action On Ogoni Clean-Up
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has appealed to the federal government to end the procrastination on the clean-up of Ogoni land.
Wike stated this on Monday, when he received the Senate Committee on Environment on investigative visit to Ogoniland.
The governor noted that programme has remained a political project aimed at attaining political mileage.
His words: “The federal government is not serious about the clean-up of Ogoniland. We are tired of telling our people that the project will start next year.
“Let it not be a political project. Look at the North East, a commission was established and $1 billion released.”
He lamented at the devastation of Ogoniland and how the state has no motorable federal roads.
In his comments on soot, Wike said it was a fallout of oil pollution, and stressed that Rivers people have suffered the health hazards.
Earlier, Committee Chairman, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, said the panel was on oversight visit, to ascertain the level of environmental degradation in Ogoniland.
She said the committee will draw attention to the environmental challenges facing the Ogoni people.
Tinubu said: “We are concerned about these issues. We will use face masks when we get to the location. Face masks will draw attention to the message to the world, on the essence of the clean-up.”