$1bn: MOSOP condemns protest against implementation of UNEP report


Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, has reacted to the demonstration by a handful of people at Akpajo junction on the East/West road, Eleme local government area, on Monday August 24, describing it as unwarranted.
MOSOP has warned the Ogoni people and the general public to ignore the group, which has been manipulated to attempt drawing Ogoni aback.
The group said backers of the demonstration erroneously believed that the five-year take-off grant of One billion dollars ($1,000,000,000) for the implementation of the report is up for grabs and should be shared by everyone.
It further warned that the good people of Ogoni would deal decisively with anybody wanting to truncate the efforts of Ogoni people, especially relating to the smooth implementation of recommendations of the UNEP environmental assessment report on Ogoniland.
MOSOP stated that reports available to them revealed that the demonstrators mischievously claimed that they were protesting exclusion from the UNEP report implementation process. The truth is that they thought that a non-existing UNEP report implementation money was shared and they were given hence their action.
“We condemn the action and reject the reasons adduced, which smacks of desperation. Insofar as we are concerned, the faceless gang and their sponsors who have earlier declared an unrecognised “Ogoni self-government” are drowned in ignorance and dubiously seeking relevance and should be discountenanced.
MOSOP said negotiations are always done on representative capacity and not by the entire community, organisation or institution. “In this case, all strata of the Ogoni society were fully represented in the multi-stakeholder engagement processes occasioning the President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government’s approval of actions to fast-track implementation of recommendations of the UNEP report on Ogoniland.”

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Source:: PM Newspaper