Federal Government Playing Politics With Ogoni Cleanup -Wike

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The Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has said that the Federal Government is playing politics with the cleanup of Ogoniland.
He called on the United Nations, UN, to prevail on the Nigeria government to implement clean-up of the area, which was flagged off last year.
Wike was speaking at Government House, Port Harcourt, yesterday, when he met with the UN Resident/Humanitarian Coordinator, Edward Kallon.
He said the clean-up of Ogoniland should not be politicised, as it dwelt directly on the development of the area.
“Yesterday, in the Senate, somebody said the Federal Government has not done anything as far as Ogoni clean-up is concerned.
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“When we were saying it, they said we were playing politics. But, now, it has dawned on them that nothing is being done. So, we urge you to intervene.
“Part of the problem we are having today is because of the lack of attention by the federal government when it has to do with Rivers State. We will provide you with helicopter, to see what we are talking about. Don’t only read it on papers. You will really pity us.
“The federal government has taken our oil and our environment has been degraded. Nothing seems to be done.
“We urge you, on your own part, as the UN, to impress it on the federal government that this clean-up is serious.
“Let it not be a political issue. We should not play politics with the lives of the people”‎, he said.

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