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MOSOP tasks states, traditional rulers on Ogoni development agenda

By Cornelius Essen, Abuja.
17 August 2022   |   2:40 am
The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has called on Rivers and Bayelsa governments and traditional rulers to support its campaign for Ogoni Development Authority

[FILES] Rivers state. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has called on the Rivers and Bayelsa governments and traditional rulers to support its campaign for Ogoni Development Authority (ODA), saying that they are determined to achieve the agenda.

MOSOP President, Fegalo Nsuke, in a statement, made available to journalists in Abuja, said the two states and other stakeholders must pursue the implementation of the Ogoni development agenda.

Nsuke added that Federal Government should adopt the group’s proposals for development in Ogoniland.

He said that this would be an acceptable path to resolving disputes with government and oil companies, urging the people to remain focused on what is good for their nationality and the common good of the region.

He declared: “The distractions that come with sponsored divisions are not new. It happened with Ken Saro-Wiwa; so it should not be strange, to anybody. What is important is our ultimate goal of securing the future for Ogoni people.

“This can only be achieved through sustainable action on development and oil exploration; it is important to negotiate the Ogoni interests rather than outright rejection of oil resumption.

“The development we seek is not attainable without committing our resources to the process, and we are aware of our huge natural endowments. What is important is to negotiate Ogoni interests, and that is what we seek to achieve with the Ogoni Development Authority,” Nsuke said.

He also noted that he met with the chairman of the Conference of Ogoni Traditional Rulers, His Royal Highness, Osaro George, to brief the traditional ruler on the efforts of MOSOP leadership to push for the operation of the development plan.

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