Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has described Nigeria’s celebration of the Ogoni cleanup exercise as shameful and hypocritical Image laundering effort targeted at enriching of the cleanup Programme managers and possibly force oil production in Ogoni without the consent of the Ogoni people.
Reacting to the announcement of a N3.039 billion cleanup contact awarded by the federal government, President of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke said the Ogoni people have lost confidence in the process as it lacks transparency, does not prioritize the needs of the Ogoni people and is driven by benefits accruing to the managers of the cleanup process.
The MOSOP president said it is sad, pitiable and regrettable that Nigeria is not only celebrating the pains and deaths caused by Shell and her irresponsible business conduct in Ogoni but also using the cleanup funds to enrich themselves.
Nsuke said what Nigeria and Shell has done to the Ogoni people demands that they be apologetic and they should be ashamed of their conduct and not be on national television celebrating corporate irresponsibility and award of contracts to companies, some of which represent the interests of the cleanup managers.
Nsuke maintained that the UNEP report had water provision as the top most priority for the Ogoni people and then recommended the construction of facilities to handle the contaminated soil, all of these are not in place.
The MOSOP president insisted that the Ogoni people want water and the soil management center immediately noting that government was only interested in the cleanup funds and not genuinely committed to doing the right thing as recommended by UNEP.
Nsuke called for a total review of the cleanup process as it is currently driven by personal interests and not serving the wishes of the Ogoni people.
While maintaining that the cleanup will end up to be Nigeria’s biggest scam, the MOSOP president accused the Nigerian government of being hypocritical about Ogoni as the real target of government and Shell were to use every means available including the scandalous cleanup exercise to resume oil production in Ogoni without the consent of the Ogoni people.