Some stakeholders in Ogoni have called on the Federal government to recognize the Ogoni Bill of Right, OBR, as a working document for the people.
Leader of the uniting Mossob Forum who is also an environmentalist, Andah Wai-Ogosu while briefing news men said it was wrong for the federal government to start remediation before the cleanup of Ogoni land, adding that what they are doing is not scientific.
“When the federal government had the agreement with Ogoni people, we agreed that the federal government should commence the Ogoni cleanup first before the remediation, that was what we agreed, so a situation where some group of people will confide with the federal government to start the remediation without first of all starting with the cleanup is totally unacceptable.”
Wai-Ogosu added that the time frame which they gave as 35 years for the clean up is not feasible, adding that proper cleanup and remediation take about 50 years to be done professionally.
“Even the time frame which they gave to us as 35 years for the cleanup is not feasible and the proper cleanup and remediation take about 50 years to be done professionally, that is how it is done. This whole idea and plan by the federal through some illegal group in Ogoni land to do things that is not totally acceptable by the people.
He also pointed that multinational and oil companies remain persona non- grata in Ogoni until they meet the condition as embedded in the Ogoni Bill of Rights before they can begin operation in Ogoni.
So we want the media to take it to the world that the multinational oil companies within the axis of Ogoni land remain persona non-grata in Ogoni until they meet the condition as embedded in the Ogoni Bill of Rights before they can begin operation in Ogoni.