Senator Magnus Abe, representing Rivers South-East Senatorial Zone in the National Assembly, has called on the committee on Ogoni clean-up to present its report in three weeks.
Abe made the call in a statement by his Spokesman, Parry Benson, in Port Harcourt, yesterday after he met with leaders of the Ogoni ethnic nationality to discuss issues affecting resumption of oil exploration in the area and the ongoing clean-up exercise.
Abe said the committee on oil exploration, headed by Professor Ben Naanen and other five representatives which included MOSOP and KAGOTE, among others, were mandated to come up with the position of the Ogoni on the issue of oil exploration.
The senator said that the committee, made up of Ogoni representatives on the Board and Governing Council of Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, HYPREP, was mandated to meet with the Minister of Environment and to update the people on the financial releases and progress on the Ogoni clean-up exercise.
“On the issue of the clean-up, the representatives of Ogoni people who are part of the structure of HYPREP were also mandated to meet with the Minister of the Environment. The committee is to give us a clear update on the situation of the clean-up. The committee should meet and a report presented to everybody in three weeks,” he said.
particularly as it relates to the finances.”
that has to do with what has been done as far as the clean-up project is concerned and that also will be reported back in three weeks. The Ogoni people are not against discussing the issue that has to do with that, but we are concerned that it be done in an organised peaceful and reasonable manner so that the interest of the community is properly factored in. The committee should meet and a report presented to everybody in three weeks,” he said.
Abe said the committee on the clean-up exercise included two members of the board of trustees, Chief Bebe Okpabe and Dr Peter Medee; three members of the governing council, Legborsi Pygbara, Professor Ben Naanen and Professor Roselyn Konya.
He stressed that their report was being expected in three weeks.
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