* Coordinator says over 700 Ogoni youths are working at clean sites
By Gladys Nweke
As part of public sensitization and the people of Ogoni, the project
coordinator of HYPREP, Dr Marvin Dekil, has cleared the air in a chat with Silver News debunking insinuations that nothing is happening in Ogoni land as regards the clean up exercise. He said the companies are on sites where work is going on and most journalists
in Rivers State have gone to see things.
He said newsmen have seen work going on. He said; “We can even invite you to the sites for you to see things for yourself and help enlighten the public about what you see on sites too.”
He went on; “You know we started this project when people thought it was political, so they believed that all we were doing was purely political. This led to huge doubts. But then politics has come and gone and we are still on site and someone is still saying it’s a scam? How is it a scam when you are seeing real contractors on sites carrying out remediation works? How is it a scam when we have just trained 21 Ogoni scientists working with us in Geneva? We have trained another set of Ogoni people on livelihoods. In each of those sites we have over 35 Ogoni youths working with our companies and over 700 Ogoni indigenes currently earning a living everyday on our 21 sites and you still call that a scam?
”I think we need to get real and appreciate the government for what they have done in Ogoniland. It is the first time any government has initiated a remediation project in any part of the country and they’re starting it in Ogoni. It’s so important that what we’re doing in Ogoniland is the template that will run across other communities in the Niger Delta. Clean Up of Ogoni is actually the beginning of the clean up of the entire Niger Delta.”