By Augustine Akhilomen
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has revealed that the Federal Government has done little or nothing to improve the condition of Ogoni clean-up programme.
He made this known on Thursday when he met with the Minister of Environment, Dr Mohammad Abubakar at the Government House.
Wike stated that the programme, which has been politicised by the Federal Government has not achieve tangible success since his flag-off exercise in 2016.
He said, “I am not happy that the Rivers State Government is not part of the clean-up. Nobody has ever briefed the state government. The programme has been politicized.
“The only way the programme will work is when we all work together. The programme is not working because they see it as politics. They are using unqualified contractors to execute the project.”
The governor said rather than tell the world the level of success attained, the Federal Government had continued to circulate the same old story of handing over remediation sites to contractors.
“It is unfortunate that no tangible effort has been achieved. Handing over the remediation site to contractors does not mean the work has been done.
“Since 2016 till date, it’s the same story because the people are from this part of the country. The Federal Government is supposed to come up to say that they have been able to achieve about 30 per cent of the clean-up in Ogoniland.
“What I want to hear is we have achieved about 30 per cent; we have achieved about 40 per cent the clean-up. The Federal Government should tell the people if they are not ready to clean up Ogoni land,” he said.