Ogoni Clean-Up Funds May Go To Political Activities – MOSOP Alleges

The Kingdom Coordinators Forum of The Movement for The Survival of the  Ogoni People (MOSOP) has expressed fears that the Ogoni clean-up funds  if released before the 2015 elections could be diverted into the funding of the opposition All Progressive Congress in Rivers State.

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MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators Forum Chairman, Frank Jonah made this known  yesterday at the end of the MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators meeting in Bori.  Jonah said the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressive Congress  (APC) has not hidden their interest for the Ogoni funds noting that the  current head of HYPREP had been a known ally of the Rivers State  governor.

“Since we started campaigning for the restoration of the Ogoni environment,  the only thing the Rivers State Government has shown interest in is for  the release of the clean-up money. We are particularly worried that  ahead of the 2015 elections, the Rivers State Government has suddenly  turned their interest on Ogoni clean-up funds. We are more worried  because we have seen the desperation of the Rivers State Government to  raise funds which have forced them into several borrowing and we fear  that implementing the Ogoni clean-up recommendations at this time may  need more careful planning and safeguards in order not to fund  political activities with $1billion to the detriment of the Ogoni  People,” Jonah said yesterday.

Jonah continued by saying: “We recommend the dissolution of HYPREP and the  constitution of a more credible body to manage the process. This is  because the leadership of HYPREP has not shown reasonable commitment to  Ogoni development. For instance,  an abandoned road linking Mile 30 to  the Biara community in Gokana local government area had been linked to  the HYPREP leadership and if we cannot trust the leadership of HYPREP,  then we suggest a re-organization of the body to get a more credible  organ”.

Questioning the moral grounds on which the Rivers State Government is speaking for  the Ogoni, Jonah said: “The same Rivers State government that is  agitating for the Ogoni clean-up money has confiscated massive land in  Ogoni and protests against the land grab has caused the death of about  40 persons”.

I think the Rivers State Government should first of all audit her list of abandoned projects in Ogoniland, revitalize our dead schools, restore  electricity to Ogoniland and stop the land grab which has caused the  death of over 40 persons before criticizing the Federal Government over  the non-implementation of the UNEP Report.