Ogoniland Clean Up: FG Blames Residents
By Dipo Omoware
The Federal Government has blamed the people of Ogoniland for the delay in the clean-up process of the land.
Speaking at a peaceful rally organized by the Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development today in Abuja, the Minister of Environment, Mohammed Mahmoud reemphasized the commitment of the Buhari-led administration to the clean-up.
The minister said some of the issues raised by the people pertained to land ownership and charged the Centre to sensitize residents of the region.
“We are having issues with the very people of that place to corporate with the government to clean up, we understand there are issues of land ownership or whatever the case may be and we said let us clean it up.”
“We are not there to solve land disputes. If A, B and C have issues on these particular lands, we will clean and it will be a plus to you because by the time you sort out yourselves, whatever pieces of land you will have will be clean and habitable.”
Speaking earlier in the day, the project coordinator, Lawal Amodu urged the government to marry words with action by putting into keeping its promises on the clean-up.
“Our prayer is that we want you and Mr President to throw your weight behind this ‘Leave No One Behind’ campaign so that even other ministries, not just be your ministry alone, Ministry of Water Resources, those that are in charge of SDGs, all of those ministries that are connected can do one thing or the other to be able to alleviate the sufferings of the people particularly in water.”
“We will need water supply to be able to reach those people so that they will stop consuming that benzene filled water.”