The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People has accused the Federal Government of being insincere with the implementation of the $1bn oil cleanup from Ogoniland in Rivers State.

MOSOP Chairman Fegalo Nsuke said in a statement that the Ogoni people did not trust the ongoing Ogoni cleanup project, as explained in the United Nations Environment Program report.

The cleanup project is being carried out by the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project.

Nsuke, in his message to mark the 30th anniversary of Ogoni Day, accused HYPREP of executing bogus contracts and urged the agency to halt further contract awards until the agency’s ongoing audit is concluded.

MOSOP also called for a more transparent environmental cleanup of Ogoniland with a preference for providing clean water to the people, and urged the federal government to accept its proposals for the establishment of the Ogoni Development Authority.

He also called for a proper restructuring of the Nigerian federation to ensure the rights of the Ogoni people to function within a Nigerian federation as the Ogoni people.

“The Nigerian government has not been candid in its execution of the Ogoni environmental cleanup exercise. The entire exercise lacks transparency and does not have any community representation as the MOSOP has been inexplicably excluded from participating in and monitoring the agency’s activities.

“We are sorry to say that we are not confident in the exercise as it has been conducted so far.

“While we are under the impression that an audit of the exercise is taking place, the cleanup agency, HYPREP, continues to execute bogus contracts. Therefore, we demand greater transparency in the work of HYPREP, the suspension of further contract awards pending the conclusion of the ongoing audit.

“We demand that the water supply be placed under emergency measures and given priority as a life-saving measure and that an integrated water program be implemented throughout Ogoni to address the water crisis.”

MOSOP further urged the Ogoni people to exercise their rights in the upcoming elections based on their informed judgement, as well as to resist any incitement to use violence before, during and after the elections, and urged youth to reject attempts to be used as political thugs.