- Traditional rulers in Ogoniland have decided to embrace oil exploration in their communities, saying interested companies would be accepted
- They said the well-being of the people and economic situation of their communities were considered, to arrive at a conclusion
- The monarchs urged the federal government to fast-track the process of the Ogoniland clean up exercise
Traditional rulers in Ogoni ethnic nationality of Rivers state on Wednesday, December 27, gave up on their resistance to oil exploration, saying: "We are ready to accept any company that wants to come and explore our oil," Vanguard reports.
Legit.ng gathered that the supreme council of Ogoni traditional rulers disclosed this decision after its annual general meeting which held at the palace of His Royal Majesty, King Godwin Gininwa, the Gbene-Mene Tai, Korokoro community in Tai local government area of the state.
The body expressed their appreciation to the federal government for its clean up exercise in Ogoni land and urged the latter to fast-track the process in the interest of the health of the people of the area.
The publicity secretary, HRH (Sir) Samuel Nnee, Gbene-Mene Tua-Tua Tai, said that the communities of Ogoni were ready to work with any company that was ready to explore oil in the area.
He said: “We met and we looked at several issues that bother on the well-being of our people, especially the economic issue.
"The council expresses deep appreciation to the president of the country, Muhammadu Buhari, for keeping the promise he made to us during his campaign in 2015 that upon assumption of office he will implement the United Nations Environment Programme Report.
“We have experienced many fast track actions on the process, but we are using this opportunity to call on the federal government to speed up the tempo for us to have a clean environment.”
“We are happy over the government’s recent action on the commencement of oil exploration in Ogoniland.
"We, the fathers of the land, who also hold land in trust for the government and the people, are happy. We believe that exploration of the minerals in our land will turn things around for good.
"Today our youths even with the best education are roaming the streets without jobs. If oil exploration resumes, life will return to Ogoni.
"We will embrace,and we are ready to work with any company which the federal government gives approval to explore our oil. Any company that has been given approval to come should see us, the Ogoni fathers first.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that hundred of youths of Ogoni nationality in Rivers state came out to protest at the entrance gate of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), in Port Harcourt.
The group under the aegis of Ken Saro-Wiwa Associates (KSA) stormed the premises of the NNPC in the early hours of Wednesday, December 20, to stage a peaceful protest.
They were there to demand an immediate halt on the planned resumption of oil exploration in Ogoniland.
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