The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has accused the Nigerian government of not being serious about the clean-up of Ogoni land.
The governor made these remarks when he received the Senate Committee on Environment on an assessment visit to Ogoniland.
Wike, stated that the degradation of Ogoniland has impoverished the people by destroying their sources of livelihood. Stressing that Ogoni clean up programme remains a political project targeted at scoring political points.
The Senate Committee on Environment delegation was led by Senator Oluremi Tinubu.
The senator said, the committee was on an oversight visit to ascertain the level of environmental degradation in Ogoni.
Tinubu said: “We are concerned about these issues. We will use face masks when we get to the location. Face masks will draw attention to the message to world on the essence of the clean up.”
The governor said the people of Ogoni land were tired of the continuous delay in executing the clean up.
Speaking about the black soot polluting the air in the state, the governor said that it was a fallout of oil pollution, adding that people were suffering the health hazards.
“The Federal Government is not serious about the clean up of Ogoniland. We are tired of telling our people that the project will start next year.
“Let it not be a political project. Look at the North East, a commission was established and $1Billion released.” The governor said.