Chukwudi Akasike and Sampson Itode, Port Harcourt
The newly sworn in factional President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, Fegalo Nsuke, has accused the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project and the Federal Ministry of Environment of planning to divert the funds meant for the clean-up of Ogoniland for the 2019 general elections.
This is as the HYPREP described the accusation as false and insisted that the money allocated for the clean-up would be used for the purpose and not for any election.
Nsuke, had during his speech at the Ogoni Day celebration in Bori, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, said that the clean-up was being done shabbily, adding that neither water nor an integrated soil management centre was provided to support the exercise.
Nsuke, who spoke shortly after being sworn in as the newly-elected president of MOSOP, promised to engage the Federal Government to ensure that a proper clean-up was carried out in Ogoni.
The factional MOSOP president said, “The reality of the Ogoni clean-up is that there are more lies than truth surrounding the exercise.
“If the clean-up is implemented the way it is intended now, it is going to be Nigeria’s biggest scam, because water has not been provided for the people and an integrated soil management centre has not been provided to support the clean-up.
“They want to spend the Ogoni clean-up money on the 2019 general elections and not provide the basic infrastructure or follow the right procedure.
“As the new executive council, we are going to commence engagements to get the clean-up properly focused so that the right thing is done.”
Reacting to the allegation, the HYPREP’s Assistant Director of Information, Mrs Ekaete Umoh, said the agency was not in support of any political party, adding that funds allocated for the Ogoni clean-up would be used for that purpose.
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