PEOPLE of Ogoniland have decried the state of insecurity therein, occasioned by kidnapping, violence and robbery, appealing to both the federal and state governments, to come to their rescue. The call was contained in a communiqué, signed by the leadership of Ogoniland after a Special Ogoni Congress called by the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP)president and secretary  Legborsi. Saro Pyagbara and Anthony Mbaa Parole , respectively, which was held on Saturday,‎ at the Peace and Freedom Centre, Bori-Ogonand Attended by more than 2,000 participants, including  women groups, youth groups, traditional rulers, professionals, and politicians, the Congress deliberated on the state of insecurity, United Nations Environmental Programme UNEP report and congratulated the Ogoni people for their peaceful and massive participation in the flag-off of the implementation of the UNEP report implementation process, and resumption of oil production therein. On the state of insecurity, the Congress condemned in its entirety, what it described as ‘deplorable’ state of insecurity in Ogoniland, and the latest invasion of some Ogoni communities, particularly Kporghor, Kira and Borobara by her Okrika neighbours‎. The Congress also lamented the seeming inability of security agencies to deal with the increasing scale of insecurity in the area, while calling on government at all levels particularly the Federal and Rivers state governments to ensure provision of necessary logistics and machineries for security agencies, to respond appropriately to the  situation, It therefore called on the various governments to fundamentally address the security problem to the roots, particularly as regards the following factors: – small arms proliferation, drug abuse, mass poverty, mass destitution, unemployment and the expansionist tendencies of some ethnic groups in the state. The Ogoni apex body further  appealed to all security agencies operating in the area to develop appropriate security plans and intelligence gathering strategies, to guarantee apt and fitting response to the security challenges in the area and charged all traditional rulers and youths in the area to integrate security issues into the development plans of their communities and work tirelessly and collaboratively with security agencies to stamp out criminal gangs from our communities. On the implementation of the UNEP report in the land Congress expressed its appreciation to the President of the country, General Muhammadu Buhari, for carrying out the flag-off ceremony for the implementation of the recommendations of UNEP report on Ogoniland, but noted with grave concern the apparent slow pace of progress on the implementation process. The Ogonis urged the federal government to speedily put into place, the governance structures for the implementation of the UNEP report on Ogoniland without further delay It appreciates the 4-As framework which proposes that governments, as the prime duty-bearers, have to respect, protect and fulfil the right to education by making education available, accessible, acceptable and adaptable. Whilst noting Rivers State government efforts to make education more available to citizens of the state, particularly for middle level manpower development, by formalizing the upgrade of the Rivers State College of Arts and Science to a polytechnic, congress called on the Rivers State Government as part of ways of promoting quality education and higher- level manpower development in the state, to immediately set in motion a machinery for the upgrade of the Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic to a degree awarding institution or a full-fledged university. Congress calls on the Rivers State Government to immediately address the infrastructural deficit and lack of adequate facilities in the Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic including the recruitment of adequate and qualified staff to enhance quality and effective learning at the institution Congress calls on the authorities of the Ken Saro-Wiwa Polytechnic to enhance the role and voice of the community in the benefit sharing arrangements and management of the institution.

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