- Senator Magnus Abe expresses fear that the ongoing clean-up of Ogoni may not be successful
- Abe mentions insecurity and continued pollution of the environment may affect the exercise
- The senator laments the rate of daily deaths in Ogoni land as he speaks on the need for a university in the area
The senator representing Rivers south district at the National Assembly, Magnus Abe, has raised an alarm saying the ongoing clean-up of Ogoni land may be scuttled due to the level of insecurity currently experienced in the area.
Abe noted that apart from insecurity, the area witnesses unrestrained pollution and that this can affect the clean-up.
The Nation reports that Abe stated this while debating on a bill for act to establish the Federal University of Environment, Science and Agriculture in Ogoni land.
The senator lamented that at least six people die in Ogoni land daily while noting that contracts have been awarded for the clean-up but frustrated by insecurity is a major issue in the area.
He said people in the community run from their places of living because of insecurity as he begged the federal government to help ensure security in the place for the clean-up to the successful.
“I know that contracts for the clean up of Ogoni land have been awarded. Right now, the security situation in the area does not provide for a meaningful economic or even contractual activity to happen.
“Every day, about six people die in one community or the other. Many residents have abandoned their homes and ran away due to violence,” he said with such an atmosphere, it would be difficult for any contractor to be somewhere in the bush alone working.
According to him, any clean-up that goes on without first addressing continued pollution of the environment is a waste of money.
Addressing the security issues in Ogoni land, he said, is foundational to the success of the cleanup.
“However, due to public pressure, people want to see the clean up going on and contracts awarded, people want to believe that something is going on not considering the security challenges in the area.
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“What I think should be done to address insecurity is that every society rewards the behaviour you want and punish the behaviour you don’t want. In the Niger Delta, violence is being rewarded. If you engage in violence you are rewarded. All over the country criminality is being rewarded,” he said.
Abe argued that a critical objective of the university would be to establish improved scientific standards and train more competent apprentices and students who would fill the vacancies that expatriates are currently occupying due to lack of local competencies.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the minister of environment, Suleiman Hassan, after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, March 20, said that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the contract for remediation of five more lots for the Ogoni cleanup in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.
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