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SENATOR ABE COMMENDS MOSOP FOR ENLIGHTENING THE OGONI ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF UNEP REPORT

SENATOR ABE COMMENDS MOSOP FOR ENLIGHTENING THE OGONI ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF UNEP REPORT

...CAUTIONS AGAINST DISUNITY





Senator Magnus Ngei Abe,the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in the Rivers South East Senatorial District Re-run elections has commended the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People(MOSOP) for embarking on an enlightenment programme on the expected clean up of Ogoni land.






Speaking at the MOSOP Sensitization Rally on the Ogoni Environment Restoration Project held at Secondary School 1 field,Mogho in Gokana Local Government Area,Senator Abe said that educating the people on what is expected of them in the clean up was important.

He said that such enlightenment will help checkmate misunderstanding,which could arise from the implementation.



"I stand here today to support this effort to educate,enlighten and prepare our people. Let me say that there is no where in the world where people will not have misunderstanding of issues and this clean up is one of such issues that is bound to bring some misunderstanding but by continous dialogue,educating one another and sharing what we know,we will be able to arrive at the position where Ogoni can make progress”.



The former Secretary to the Rivers State Government urged the people to work in unity adding that the unity of the Ogoni is more than ever needed now in the implementation of the UNEP report.

"This forthcoming clean up should not be an excuse to set Ogoni land on fire. If we do,then the expectation of our people would have been cut short. We all need to work together. We are not the yorubas or Hausas that have their people everywhere. We are Ogoni,we are very few.We must help one another”.

Senator Abe appealed for every voice to be heard and every group to be represented in the implementation.

"I offer my hand of support to every Ogoni man or woman that will try to do something to move our land forward”.

Earlier,in his own speech,Mr.Legborsi Pyagbara said that the need for the enlightenment arose from reported cases of misinformation.

He said that the perception of some Ogoni people was that the implementation of the UNEP report was about sharing money and some fraudsters had gone ahead to extort money from the uninformed people.

"This clean up is not about sharing money. Our fathers did not die for us to share money. They died because they want our environment to be cleaned and restored to the extent that our women and men can still go back to farming and fishing. We have not at any time ask anybody to pay any money for them to do contract, register or buy forms. That is the work of fraudsters. When we were doing the negotiation in this project, we know that there is what is called local content and we know that our people have the opportunity to do small contract/supply and our youths will get jobs but not the criminal thing they are telling you now”.

Pyagbara noted that the federal government has completed the inspection of the sites and that the matter will be deliberated upon at the federal excutive council meeting on Wednesday.

He added that the discussion from the meeting will constitute a detailed road map for the implementation.

"We are hopeful that by this next,government would be coming out with a clear statement on how they have to go about it after the federal executive meeting on Wednesday”.

Signed:

Parry Saroh Benson
Spokesperson to Sen.Magnus Abe
14-02-2016