Rivers State Deputy Governor Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo says the implementation of the UNEP Report on Ogoniland will mitigate the suffering of the people and the ecosystem occasioned by the exploration and exploitation activities of the multi-nationals that have ravaged the area for over five decades.
The Deputy Governor who stated this against the planned visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the State to flag-off the commencement of the implementation of the Report on Thursday, 2nd June, 2016 in Ogoni, urged Rivers people and Ogonis in particular to sink political rhetorics and speak in one voice so as to achieve a common goal.
Dr. Banigo, in a statement through her Press Secretary, Paul Damgbor said Governor Wike’s administration attaches importance to the smooth and successful clean-up of Ogoni environment, and has always expressed readiness to support the Federal Government in actualizing all programmes that would bring succor to Rivers people.
The Deputy Governor noted that Rivers State as the “goose that lays the golden egg” deserves more projects from the centre stressing that the clean-up exercise due to be undertaken by the Federal Government in Rivers State should not be over politicised.
Dr. Banigo called on the Ogonis to see the clean-up exercise as an opportunity they should not allow to be politicized since according her, it will open more windows of opportunities in the area and urged the Federal Government to reimburse the Rivers State Government for Federal road projects undertaken by the State Government.
She urged the good people of Rivers state and the Ogonis in particular to turn out to accord Mr. President the usual Rivers hospitality.
Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor
Tuesday, May 31st, 2016.
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