The Ogoni Council of Traditional Rulers has lamented the perceived neglect by the Federal Government, believing that the Ogoniland cleanup project has been abandoned.
Ogoni is located in oil-rich Rivers state, South-South Nigeria.
According to the Chairman of the Council, Suanu Baridam of Ogoni, who said this in Port Harcourt, their people are still drinking polluted water.
He regretted that the Federal Government and the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, HYPREP, were only paying lip service to emergency measures recommended in the United Nations Environment Programme,UNEP, report on Ogoniland.
“I don’t think I have seen anything on the ground as regards the emergency measures recommended by UNEP and I don’t think that there is even any process on to bring the emergency measures to reality,” the traditional ruler said.
“They only go on the television and other media houses to say that things are happening when actually they have not done anything.”