OLI Urges Buhari To Make Ogoniland Cleanup His Legacy Project

OLI Urges Buhari To Make Ogoniland Cleanup His Legacy Project
OLI Urges Buhari To Make Ogoniland Cleanup His Legacy Project

OLI Urges Buhari To Make Ogoniland Cleanup His Legacy Project.

The Ogoni Liberation Initiative (OLI), a non-governmental organization, has asked the federal government to guarantee that the UNEP report on Ogoniland cleaning is fully implemented.

The organization also requested President Muhammadu Buhari to make environmental cleanup in Ogoni a legacy project.

Dr. Douglas Fabeke, the group’s president, decried the extent of damage in the area caused by oil spill contamination during a presentation of their 2022 agenda.

He said, “UNEP uncovered that families have for years drank from wells contaminated with benzene-a known carcinogen-at levels over 900 times above World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.

“For decades, our people have, irrespective of being major contributors in oil production in Nigeria since 1958, remained the proverbial goose that lays the golden egg. All we have to show for decades of oil exploration and exploitation activities here is a devastated environment.

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“Our traditional occupation of fishing and farming are fast going into extinction, but we are here today to change this horrible history about our people.

“The impact of ecological plunder on the people of Ogoni as duly recognised and reported by UNEP has been devastating. The people have not only experienced downward spiral of impoverishment and social decline but also near-genocide where the communities, citizens, everybody and everything was just dying slowly and surely.

“Environmental damage in Ogoniland has direct effect on the enjoyment of a series of human rights, such as the right to life, to health, to a satisfactory standard of living, to sufficient food, to housing, to education, to work, to culture, to non-discrimination, to dignity and the harmonious development, to individual personality, to security of person and family, and to peace.

“The people of our community are excited that the process leading to the restoration of our natural environment has been kick-started.

“It is unfortunate that after 30 years, we are still talking about our problems. But I have a dream that one day, beginning from today, Ogoni people shall live the true meaning of their life in their environment.”


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