- Buhari to keep promise to Ogoni people over crude oil pollution in the land
- Minister of Environment Amina Mohammed, the Minister of State for Environment Ibrahim Jibril arrive Rivers to access the situation in Ogoni
- Both ministers to pay a courtesy visit to Governor Wike
In keeping with President Muhammadu Buhari's avowed commitment to implement the contentious United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report in crude oil polluted in Ogoniland, the Minister of Environment Amina Mohammed, the Minister of State for Environment Ibrahim Jibril and six other officials of the Ministry have arrived Rivers state.
Before proceeding to Bori, the Ogoniland economic and political headquarters for the Stakeholders' meeting with Ogoni people, the Minister of Environment and her team will pay courtesy call on Governor Nyesom Wike at Government House Port Harcourt today, March 4.
Mohammed and her team who arrived Port Harcourt, the state capital last night, March 3, were received by Dr Legborsi Pyagbara, the President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), and Celestine Akpobari, an Environmental Rights Activist and leader of Ogoni Solidarity Forum at Port Harcourt international Airport.
Commenting on the visit of the Federal Government high powered team to Ogoniland, which is the second since President Buhari came into power, Akpobari expressed confidence and optimism at the President Buhari government.
According to him, Buhari is trying to keep to the promise he made to Ogoni people during his Presidential campaigns when he was handed over the UNEP report in a high powered meeting he held with Ogoni People with former Governor Chibuike Amaechi as facilitator of the meeting.
The UNEP report was submitted to former President Goodluck Jonathan, August,2011, for implementation. While submitting the report the UNEP team had raised alarm then that the water table in Ogoniland is very cancerous containing over 900% Benzene content by the World Health Organization (WHO), standard worldwide. The report was left to gather dust in shelves in the Presidential Villa.