Nigeria: Ogoni People give gov't 90-day ultimatum to implement UNEP report during celebrations to mark International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples
Over ten thousand Ogonis, including Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) activists, marched on Bori, the Ogoni ancestral capital, to protest the failure of the Nigerian Government to implement the UNEP environmental assessment report on Ogoni two years after its official release.
They gave a 90-day ultimatum to the Federal Government of Nigeria to set in motion the proper process of implementing the recommendations of the report beginning with the scraping of the Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP), and set up an Ogoni Environmental Restoration Authority and establish Ogoni Environmental Restoration Fund as recommended. The people also warned that the implementation of the report would define Ogoni response to federal elections in 2015.
The occasion was as well used in reiterating the campaign for addressing issues relating to Ogoni political under- representation. The protest march was conducted to mark the 19th celebration of the World's Indigenous Peoples Day. For the full text of the MOSOP president's speech on the occasion, please see the attached document.
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