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.
Governor 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
“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
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.