INTERNATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL NIGERIA-RIVERS STATE CHAPTER CALLS FOR THE IMMEDIATE IMPLEMENTATION OF UNEP REPORT ON OGONILAND(NIGER-DELTA)

INTERNATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL NIGERIA-RIVERS STATE CHAPTER CALLS FOR THE IMMEDIATE IMPLEMENTATION OF UNEP REPORT ON OGONILAND(NIGER-DELTA). More than two years after the United Nations Environmental Prograe (UNmmEP) released a damning report of the destruction to the ecosystem in Ogoni land by years of unchecked oil spillage through activities of multi-national oil companies operating in the area,the Federal Government/SPDC is still foot-dragging with the implementation of the remedial actions contained in the UNEP report. A report released by the the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) in 2011, detailed records of oil spills in Ogoni land. It also revealed the extent of devastation caused by more than fifty years of unchecked oil spills on the environment and human lives with little or no effort to clean up the environment. More than two years now, the Federal government and SPDC is still foot-dragging on the implementation of the said report despite the series of assurances it gave to the effect that the report would not be swept under the rug when it was first released on August 4th, 2011. Findings unveils that a Presidential committee set up to effect the immediate implementation of the report(HYPREP), especially on areas of environmental clean- up or remedying the damages done to the ecosystem as well as halt the continued loss of human lives in the region has remained comatose. Apart from the emergency water supplied to some communities by the Presidential committee in the wake of its formation, nothing concrete has been done concerning the UNEP report up to this moment. In addition, the report categorically revealed that the restoration of the negative impacts on mangrove stands and swamp lands will take up to 30 years, adding that families are suffering due to the loss of means of livelihood, mainly fishing and agriculture and families are drinking benzene beyond the internationally accepted standard. In plans for the Commemoration of OGONI 13 executed in November 1995 by the Nigerian Government and SHell Petroleum Development Company, the leadership of IYC-Rivers State Nigeria after having a round table discussions with the Ogoni Youth Advancment Network(OYAN) against the 19th Commemoration/Anniversary of Late Human Right Activist/writer Late Ken Saro Wiwa and the other Ogonis on November 10th 2013 hereby call on the Federal Government of Nigeria and Shell to implement the UNEP Report without delay after two years of submission. The state leadership also commended the House of Representatives and the Senate for Speaking out after 2years for the Minority. Signed: Comr. Ewunee Confdence Dumka Chairperson Rivers State Comr. Ekpobari Gani State Seretary Comr. Hart Badom State PRO

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