The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday said that the steps taken by President Muhammadu Buhari to fast-track the environmental clean-up of Ogoniland proved that he is a president for all.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed at a media briefing in Lagos Tuesday, said that the step was undoubtedly one of the most significant decisions taken by the President since his inauguration on May 29.
President Buhari had, on Aug. 5, approved actions to fast-track the environmental clean-up of Ogoniland which has suffered pollution from oil spills and oil well fires, to alleviate the sufferings of the people.
Mohammed said that ”This action of the President transcends all the needless arguments about the appointments so far made by him, because it touches directly on the well-being of a long-suffering people.
”People whose farmlands, drinking water, homes and sources of living have been deeply affected by hydrocarbon pollution.
”The action also puts a lie to the antics of those who insinuated that the President would ignore those who did not vote for him in the March 28 presidential election.
”Undoubtedly, the most far-reaching action by the President has been to the benefit of the Niger Delta, where he is not known to have garnered many votes! What a pleasant irony,” he said.
Mohammed said that the President’s action had breathed life into a four-year report by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), which had been gathering dust on the shelf since it was published on Aug. 4, 2011.
”The UNEP report revealed the nature and extent of oil contamination in Ogoniland, which includes the extensive pollution of soil by petroleum hydrocarbons in Ogoni.
”Pollution has reached groundwater. In one site, in Eleme Local Government, 8cm layer of refined oil is floating on the groundwater serving community wells.
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Source:: New Mail