Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that the Ogoni clean up exercise can only succeed when the Federal Government stops playing politics with the programme.
Speaking during a Courtesy Visit by the Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar on Thursday at the Government House Port Harcourt, Governor Wike urged the Federal Government to come with the terms for the implementation of the Ogoni Clean up Exercise as recommended by the UNEP Report.
Wike noted that since 2016 when the Ogoni Clean up Exercise was flagged off, no tangible milestone has been achieved.
He said: ” I am not happy that the Rivers State Government is not part of the clean up exercise. Nobody has ever briefed the State Government. The programme has been politicised”
“The only way the programme will work is when we all work together. The programme is not working because they see it as politics. They are using unqualified contractors to execute the project.”
The Governor said rather than tell the world the level of success attained, the Federal Government continues to circulate same old story of handing over remediation sites to contractors.
“Its unfortunate that no tangible effort has been achieved. Handing over remediation site to contractors does not mean the work has been done.”
“Since 2016 till date, its the same story because the people are from this part of the country. Its unfortunate. The Federal Government is supposed to come up and say that they have been able to achieve about 30% of the cleanup in Ogoniland.
“What I want to hear is we have achieved about 30%, we have achieved about 40% of the cleanup. The Federal Government should tell the people if they are not ready to clean up of Ogoniland” he said.
He regretted that some Ogoni sons are part of the challenges negating the successful clean up of Ogoniland. He said Ogoni people working with the exercise should tell the world if they are satisfied with the programme.
“I support the clean up, but the Rivers State Government will not do what it doesn’t know. Also the lack of clean up of Ogoniland is caused by Ogoni sons and daughters because of politics. I challenge Ogoni sons to tell the world if they are satisfied with the cleanup exercise in Ogoniland” he said
Earlier, the Minister of Environment, Dr. Mohammad Mahmood Abubakar said they were in the state to handover additional thirty-six remediation sites to contractors as part of the Clean up Exercise.
He lauded the Rivers State Governor for demonstrating strong commitment for the Ogoni Clean up Exercise since the inception of the programme in 2016.
He added that four hundred women in the area will also be trained as part of the cleanup exercise at the Rivers State Songhai Farm.
Why We’re Rehabilitating And Reintegrating Ex-Boko Haram Members — Borno Commissioner
Borno state commissioner for women affairs, Zuwaira Gambo has revealed why they are rehabilitating people considered as repentant Boko Haram members after their arrest.
Speaking at a forum on preventing and countering violent extremism organised by Search for Common Ground (SFCG) in partnership with UN Women and the government of Japan in Abuja over the weekend, Gambo admitted that the term “repentant Boko Haram terrorists” gives wrong signals to members of the public especially victims of terrorism.
The commissioner who stated that the de-radicalisation and reintegration of Boko Haram members have been misunderstood by the public as a result of a communication gap between the government and citizens, averred that some of the arrested terrorists were at the wrong place at the wrong time and were also forced to join the terrorist group.
She said, “Some of the persons reintegrated are victims who had no part to play but were arrested in the course of security checks by the military as they were caught at the wrong time in a wrong place.
“Because they have spent time in detention between two to five years, there is need for rehabilitation, counselling and socio- psychological support.
“We are not saying that there are not some people who have partaken in destruction of lives and properties but these people are in the minority and you also have to understand that these set of people joined involuntarily as they are forced to do so.”
BREAKING: No Comment On Boko Haram Threat To My Life — Pantami
The Minister of Communication and Digital Economy Dr Isa Ibrahim Pantami on Monday declined to comment on the threat to his life by Boko Haram /ISWAP leader , Abubakar Shekau.
Shekau, in a viral video, had threatened President Muhammadu Buhari for visiting Maiduguri , Borno state last week following the killings of over 30 people by Boko Haram terrorists.
He also threatened Pantami for his stance on sim card registrations and measures being taken by government to clean up unregistered or pre- registered SIM cards within the system.
When accosted by newsmen at the Government Secondary School , Garki , Abuja where he delivered a lecture on digital mentoring , the Minister said he had “no comments for now” on the threat to his life by the leader of the insurgent group.
Agba Jalingo Regains Freedom After 6 Months In Detention
Six months after he was detained, Publisher of Cross River Watch, Agba Jalingo, has been released from prison custody.
He was released after meeting his bail condition.
Jalingo, who was detained for allegedly writing articles criticizing Cross Rivers Governor Ben Ayade, was granted a N10m bail term last week.
He was first arrested by the police in August 2019 on the orders of the Ben Ayade-led Cross River State Government.
He was subsequently arraigned for treason and attempting to overthrow the state government due to the highly critical articles he published.
Due to his long detention, Amnesty International had declared the activist as a prisoner of conscience.
Last week there were a series of protests staged in Cross River over his detention.