United Nations Development
Programme, UNDP, has disclosed
its plan to partner with the Federal
and State Governments to explore
sustainable ways of protecting the
Niger Delta environment.
The UN Resident Coordinator in
Nigeria, Mr. Edward Kallon recently
gave the assurance on Friday at the
22nd anniversary to commemorate
the Ogoni Martyrs Day in Port
Kallon who was represented by
the organisation’s South South
Coordinator, Mr. Wilboard Ngambi
said that UNDP would sustain its
engagement with the leadership of
the Movement for the Survival of
Ogoni People, MOSOP, especially on
He also assured that UN
would continue to work with
the government and the host
communities on issues affecting
people’s health, access to food, clean
water and livelihoods.
According to him, some of the
reported environmental challenges
are water quality, degradation,
destruction of vegetation and
agricultural land and depletion of
fish population by oil spills.
Kallon said that such
environmental problems occur in
the course of petroleum exploration
He called on Ogoni people to get
involved and participate in what the
government was doing to clean up
In his speech, the President of
MOSOP, Mr Legborsi Pyagbara said
that Ogoni people were not against
resumption of oil production in
He said that the Ogoni people
wanted disputes and issues
surrounding the operations in the
oil industry to be settled before
resumption of such activities in
Pyagbara called on Ogoni people to
learn from the past events.
He said that MOSOP condemned the
recent attempt by Nigeria National
Petroleum Corporation,NNPC, to impose
another operator on the Ogoni Oil Bloc
without seeking the consent of Ogoni
“We have reached a point where Nigeria
should be restructured.
“The Ogoni nine died for a restructured
Nigeria which will guarantee equity,
justice and fairness,” he said.
In his remarks, Prof. Ben Naanen of the
Department of History and Diplomatic
Service, University of Port Harcourt,
called on government to ensure justice
and equity for all Nigerians.
Naanen said that Ogoni people were
calling for justice and equity not war.
“We are calling for our due and not war,
not to be marginalised. Our land should
be cleaned for us to have good water,
fertile land to farm among others.
“We stand on Ogoni Bill of Right and
call on the Federal Government to clean
our land,” he said.