The people of Ogoni have again said they would mobilize their youths to resist the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) from operating in their land,
if it fails to comply with the United Nations Environment Programme report on Ogoni land.
Rising from an extra-ordinary meeting of the National Youth Council of Ogoni People (NYCOP) on Saturday, which was held in Bori, Khana Local Government Area, Rivers State, they warned that their peaceful disposition should not be misinterpreted for cowardice.
In a communiqué issued after the meeting and signed by five of their leaders, including Barry Mwara (leader/chairman, NYCOP), Letam Kole and Mawo Kekah, they frowned at the Federal Government for not making any categorical statement on the UNEP report.
They called for the implementation of the report and training of their youths in oil spill clean-up and response techniques, in preparation for the remediation exercise of the oil impacted sites in Ogoni land.
“We demand that The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) should stop their illegal activities in Ogoni land, as they claim to be in some communities in Ogoni under the pretence of cleaning oil impacted sites in Ogoni. Our youths will be fully mobilized to resist them if they fail to comply with the Ogoni UNEP report.
“Ogoni people are interested in knowing what plans the SPDC has in place to clean oil impacted sites in Ogoni land and how many sites they have illegally cleaned in Ogoni. We posit that the SPDC should stop playing politics with the rights and entitlements of the Ogoni people.
“We challenge the SPDC to come and show the world and Ogoni people the type of technology and chemicals they are using to clean oil impacted sites in Ogoni, as Ogoni people will not accept any technology below world class standard.”
The said their leaders would engaged in security issues and pipeline surveillance as approved two years again and implemented all over Rivers State, except in Ogoni, pointing out that they deserved justice, equity and fair treatment.
They said the group would use legal and equitable remedies available to them to resist and confront the company from further trespassing on their land, adding that the Ogonis would not accept anything less than what was recommended in the UNEP report.
Also, the Ogonis had condemned the deplorable state of the East West Road, particularly Eleme Junction and Akpajo Road, which they described as a death trap, and called on the Federal Government to take an urgent step to tackle the road, as it had brought untold hardship to the people.