Mike Odiegwu, Port Harcourt
YOUTH leaders from the oil-rich Ogoniland, Rivers State, have backed the current poor evaluation of the Hydrocarbon Air pollution Remediation Mission (HYPREP) by the Minister of Atmosphere, Muhammad Abubakar.
The youths, who rose from their assembly at Bori, the headquarters of Ogoni, on the weekend, stated Abubakar’s analysis vindicated their earlier place that the company answerable for cleansing their land was composed to assist incompetence and double requirements.
In a communique issued after the assembly and signed by the President, Nationwide Youth Council of Ogoni Folks (NYCOP) Dr. Younger Nkpah and President-Basic, Ogoni Youths Federation (OYF), Legborsi Yamaabana, the youths praised President Muhammadu Buhari for mustering the political will to start the cleanup of their space.
They hailed Abubakar for his dedication and resolve to overtake HYPREP to perform optimally to satisfy up timelines set for the supply of the Ogoni Clear-up Mission.
“Ogoni youth leaders famous that the remarks of the Minister For Atmosphere on the abysmal efficiency of HYPREP has vindicated their lengthy standing place of incompetence and compromise within the operations and composition of the company that would have healed the injuries of the bruised, battered, strangulated and marginalised Ogoni folks.
“We noticed that the present construction of HYPREP completely derails from the UNEP suggestions, which prioritized initiatives that should be carried out, like provision of moveable ingesting water, creation of well being registry, complete decommissioning of failed and outdated oil services, provision of $10 million value of other employment for these in artisanal refining, organising of an Ogoniland Restoration Authority, Centre for Excellence in Restoration and Built-in Contaminated Soil Administration Centre.
“We declare that their consideration has been drawn to the permutations and schemes at sure excessive profile quarters within the nation, to decide on a brand new Mission Coordinator for HYPREP, outdoors Ogoniland”.
The youths demanded a concrete Remedial Motion Plan (RAP) and using the Greatest Out there Know-how (BAT) for the Ogoni Clear-up challenge to realize the Gold Normal in environmental remediation.