From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), has dissociates self from recent call by some activist groups on government to dissolve the Hydrocarbon Pollution and Remediation Project (HYPREP) and its governance structures, including the Governing Council and the Board of Trustees of the Ogoni Trust Fund.
In a statement signed yesterday by Sunny Zorvah, MOSOP Acting Publicity Secretary, the MOSOP President, Comrade Legborsi Saro Pyagbara, said the call was ill- conceived, unpatriotic, selfish, retrogressive and inciting.
The statement urged the federal government to discountenanced such call, stating that “MOSOP believes that what needs to be done at this critical time in the implementation of the very important exercise is for the government to demonstrably commit itself to ensuring absolute security and confidence building in the communities by ensuring that the Project Coordinating Office and the various structures working for the success of the project undertake their respective assignments unhindered.”
According to the statement “HYPREP is working and this can be verified on the ground where work has commenced in some communities. It is imperative, considering the continuous impact and damage on our people and community, to encourage the process and support the activities by cooperating with efforts directed towards the success of the exercise than engaging in or calling for actions that would impede or cause serious setback to the clean-up project in the area.”
Pyagbara stressed that “MOSOP feels the pains and understands the plight of the Ogoni people and others, who have suffered forms of injustice and will never compromise, play to the gallery or sabotage any process and genuine actions aimed at addressing the woes, anguish and aspirations of the people.
“The call for dissolution of the HYPREP Council is not necessary and capable of inciting the uninformed audience as there was no bases for doing so, if not for selfish reason and desire to truncate the already started process and progress made so far. Anybody who knows the long road we have travelled thus far to get to where we are today with the creation of HYPREP will not call for its dissolution.
“MOSOP is in no way tolerating and will never support sub-standard or recklessness in the implementation of the project but expects leaders and stakeholders in Ogoni not to allow this opportunity of having our battered environment cleaned to be halted.”
The MOSOP President therefore called on the people of Ogoni and the general public “to beware of pretenses, feigned actions and those playing to the gallery all for selfish reason”, added that “We cannot allow few individuals whose attempts to hijack the project failed woefully to turn around now to blackmail the project through sponsored attacks and frivolous claims.”