MOSOP cautions HYPREP against misusing Ogoni Water Project Fund
Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has cautioned the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) against mismanagement of the Ogoni cleanup and fund approved by the Federal Government for water projects in the area.
Its President, Fegalo Nsuke, stated this while addressing members, yesterday, adding that HYPREP has been riddled with corruption and that some members of the management team had affirmed sharp practices.
Nsuke, who expressed concern that the systemic misappropriation of funds in HYPREP had become public knowledge, said sooner than later, the sleaze might be extended to the fund meant for the water projects, urged the agency to stick to the decision to implement an integrated water project for Ogoni land.
He also said any deviation from the implementation of an integrated water project for Ogoni people would amount to short changing their interests in the cleanup project.
“We are aware and had been earlier briefed about the decision to implement an integrated water project for Ogoni and given the rate at which underground water contamination travels the area, the project must not be subverted,” he warned.
On the need to cleanup the entire Niger Delta region, Nsuke pointed out that what was going on at the moment and had been going on in the name of cleanup, was a tacit approval of official corruption.
“HYPREP has not done any cleanup in Ogoni. What the agency has done so far is to loot and feed fat on the struggles, blood and pains of the Ogoni people and it is unfortunate that this robbery has been official and remains unchecked in spite of several cries,” Nsuke added.
He, however, charged the anti-graft agencies to thoroughly investigate HYPREP’s activities to unearth what he described as “the massive corruption that has consumed the Ogoni cleanup programme and rendered it a source of ridicule in Rivers State and entire country.”