The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has urged that the Federal Government provide specific financial attention for the fiscal year 2022 to address the developmental difficulties confronting oil-polluted Ogoniland in Rivers State.
In its requests to the FG, MOSOP-USA also demanded equitable opportunity for Ogoni people in employment and other federal prospects, regretting that they had been ignored for far too long, despite Ogoniland‘s considerable contribution to national progress over the years.
The Ogoni leadership organ stated in a statement signed yesterday by Elder DineBari Kpuinen, President, MOSOP-USA, and Kesiup Kpooni, General Secretary, “Very sad that Ogoni people, who contribute almost one-quarter of the national resources, are permanently ignored and excluded from the nation’s budget for decades.
“We feel neglected, abandoned, or excluded as, according to figures from the Federal Office of Statistics (FOS), Ogoni has the highest population of unemployed youths in Nigeria, with high insecurity and underdevelopment being the ethnic nationality’s additional shameful trophies.
“But in contrast, we have more than enough federal investments in Ogoniland capable of eliminating poverty and unemployment. Despite all our outcries and demands as a people to have equal rights and benefits in the nation, the people and government of Nigeria still treat Ogoni as an outcast.”
MOSOP demanded, among other things, an exclusive state for Ogoniland to be termed Bori State, unconditional exoneration of the FG-executed Ogoni Nine and thorough remediation of the oil-degraded Ogoni environment, dependable electricity supply, educational institutions, and other infrastructure.
The statement added: “If Ogoni is still considered part of Nigeria, MOSOP-USA, in collaboration with all Ogonis in diaspora, hereby call for full implementation of the above demands, as a matter of urgency from the Federal Government of Nigeria, or let Ogoni go.
“Kindly be informed that FG’s refusal to implement these demands as of right, that are already being enjoyed by other ethnic groups in Nigeria, amounts to the declaration that Ogoni is not part of Nigeria,” MOSOP added.