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ROOSDORP Speaks on VPI Steering Committee Visit, Lauds Nigerian Authorities

Posted on February 19, 2018. Filed under: news |

ROOSDORP Speaks on VPI Steering Committee Visit, Lauds Nigerian Authorities

Current chair of the Voluntary Principles Initiative, Mr. Ronald Roosdorp said in Abuja on Saturday that the Nigerian Authorities showed great interest in the initiative.

“This field trip shows how the security in the mining and oil industry could be increased when companies, civil society and government cooperate together” he told news men in Abuja.

Roosdorp who spoke on the visit of the initiative’s steering committee to Nigeria said trust building through discussion was the fastest way to improve security.

“Trust building through discussion is the fastest way to improve security and also benefits local employment and foreign investment.”

Established in 2000, the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights is a multi-stakeholder initiative which espouses a set of principles designed to guide extractive companies in maintaining the safety and security of their operations within a framework that ensures respects for human rights.

Diligent implementation of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights holds numerous potential benefits for Nigeria including peace-building; conflict prevention; enhanced governance of the extractive sector, promotion and protection of human rights; improving dialogue, cordiality, collaboration and problem-solving amongst stakeholders in the extractive sector with respect to issues of security and human rights.

In addition, it has the potential to contribute to an extractive sector that is conducive to trade and investment; where extractive companies can operate maximally, which would in turn enable the Nigerian government optimally generate revenues which can be deployed towards promoting the welfare of the nation and actualizing other national objectives.

The VPI is also an immensely useful tool for attaining the objectives of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, specifically in the area of security and human rights.

Countries that are signatories to the VPI include Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Ghana, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States of America.

Signatory extractive companies include: Seven Energy, Total, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Statoil, Shell, Hess Corporation, Tullow Oil, Rio Tinto, British Petroleum; Anglo American, PanAust, ConocoPhillips, Goldcorp, Hess Corporation, Repsol, Barrick Gold Corporation, Glencore and BHP Billiton.

NGO signatories to the VPI include Lite Africa, COMPPART, International Alert, Search for Common Ground, Pact and The Fund for Peace.

The international observers participating in the VPI include the International Finance Corporation (IFC), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Council on Mining and Metals; Colombian Mining and Energy Committee on Security and Human Rights; The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association; Institute for Human Rights and Business; International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA)

FG to VPI delegation: We’ll take decision on observer status soon

In a related development, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami Friday expressed deep appreciation to the steering committee of the Voluntary Principles Initiative for prioritizing and recommending Nigeria as one of the countries to be considered for free subscription at the plenary in March 2018 at Washington D.C, United States.

He also announced that Nigeria would soon take a decision on her observer status.

“In due course, the nation will take a decision to evaluate her observer status” Malami said during the visit of the VPI delegation to the Ministry of Justice.

Represented by the Director, Legal Drafting, Mamman Hamzat Takir, Malami assured the delegation of the commitment of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to the enthronement of the rule of law and the delivery of fair and equitable justice to all Nigerians, foreigners and investors without fear or favour as they carry on business in a safe condition.

“Considering the need for the communal cooperation and coordination of security and human rights activities in the extractive sector, it has become increasingly necessary to come together to appraise the efforts at both the government, corporate and non-governmental organizations levels to achieve a safe, friendly, secured, business and human rights compliant environment. This visit therefore, would give us the opportunity to learn from each other, share ideas and identify roadmaps that would facilitate a justice system that meets the hopes and aspirations of our citizens particularly in the extractive zones” he said.

The Minister assured that the Justice Ministry would stick to its role of checking and balancing the supremacy of the laws of the land and sovereignty of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“As you are aware, the Federal Ministry of Justice is the legal institution of Government to create the necessary synergy between the Federal Government, corporate bodies and non-governmental organizations as pillars of the Voluntary Principles Initiative.”

Earlier, the current chair of the Voluntary Principles Initiative, Mr. Ronald Roosdorp informed top officials of the ministry of the benefits that would accrue to Nigeria as a signatory to the VPI.

“It is not an instrument or a binding law. It is to reduce security risk in the attractive industry through dialogue and cooperation. It is also to improve things on ground and assist governments, companies and communities in achieving their goals” he said.

Established in 2000, the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights is a multi-stakeholder initiative which espouses a set of principles designed to guide extractive companies in maintaining the safety and security of their operations within a framework that ensures respects for human rights.

Diligent implementation of the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights holds numerous potential benefits for Nigeria including peace-building; conflict prevention; enhanced governance of the extractive sector, promotion and protection of human rights; improving dialogue, cordiality, collaboration and problem-solving amongst stakeholders in the extractive sector with respect to issues of security and human rights.

In addition, it has the potential to contribute to an extractive sector that is conducive to trade and investment; where extractive companies can operate maximally, which would in turn enable the Nigerian government optimally generate revenues which can be deployed towards promoting the welfare of the nation and actualizing other national objectives.

The VPI is also an immensely useful tool for attaining the objectives of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, specifically in the area of security and human rights.

Countries that are signatories to the VPI include Argentina, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Ghana, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States of America.

Signatory extractive companies include: Seven Energy, Total, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Statoil, Shell, Hess Corporation, Tullow Oil, Rio Tinto, British Petroleum; Anglo American, PanAust, ConocoPhillips, Goldcorp, Hess Corporation, Repsol, Barrick Gold Corporation, Glencore and BHP Billiton.

NGO signatories to the VPI include Lite Africa, COMPPART, International Alert, Search for Common Ground, Pact and The Fund for Peace.

The international observers participating in the VPI include the International Finance Corporation (IFC), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International Council on Mining and Metals; Colombian Mining and Energy Committee on Security and Human Rights; The Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), International Petroleum Indust1ry Environmental Conservation Association; Institute for Human Rights and Business; International Code of Conduct Association (ICoCA)

NGOs list ways to reverse Nigeria’s negative image

Similarly, non-governmental organizations in Nigeria weekend urged law enforcement agencies to integrate the voluntary principles in their training programmes, mobilization and deployment of personnel to security duties in critical national assets in the oil, gas and mining sector as this will guarantee that rights of local communities will be respected.

They also appealed to government agencies, particularly those responsible for registering, licensing and regulating private security firms to integrate human rights observance as a precondition as this will go along in entrenching core human rights values and the culture of respecting the dignity of the human person in the country.

At a world press conference in Abuja, Executive Director, Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE), Mr. Joel Bisina said the launch of the In-country implementation pilot group and the visit of the steering committee delegation to Nigeria remained glorious achievements of the Voluntary Principles Initiative.

Attention, the LITE executive director said, was focused on increasing knowledge base through training, dialogues and consultative meetings on the VPs at the highest level of government.

“The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights is anchored on three pillars. That is the Government Pillar, The Corporate Pillar and the NGO pillar respectively. As a multi-stakeholders initiative, the Voluntary Principles provide good sets of guidelines to companies in deploying security personnel to their facilities in ways that respects the rights of the communities in which they operate” he said.

Besides, he emphasized the role of NGO pillars in facilitating confident building dialogue when allegations of VPs non-adherence occur.

“NGO pillars are helping the government and the corporate pillars to identify areas that need improvement related to the VPs, support the development and roll out tools to improve implementation as well encourage participation in the implementation of the principles.

Bisina listed working singularly and collaboratively to advance and increase knowledge base in the country over the years as a major achievement of NGO pillar in Nigeria.

“The launch of the In-country implementation pilot group has further strengthened these efforts in bringing the pillars to a common room where they discuss security and human rights challenges creatively and collaboratively. This is clear departure from the past where it was a blaming and name calling game. The message is now ‘knowing and showing’ rather ‘them against us’ or ‘we against them’ this changing narrative underscore the power of the voluntary Principles in promoting consultations and dialogues among stakeholders in the extractive and mining sector through joint-problem solving.”

He urged the Federal government to sign-on to the voluntary principles.

“The visit of the steering committee delegation to Nigeria this week further reinforces the work the In-country Implementation Working Group has been doing, in bringing greater visibility to the VPs at a very high level of government. It will be a great outcome for the country to sign-on to the VPs” he said.

Credit:  Ebireri Henry Ovie

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Shell, NNPC, Oil Companies Alone Cannot Resolve Ogoni Problem – Pyagbara

Posted on February 10, 2018. Filed under: news |

The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) says resolving the Ogoni problem will require multi-stakeholder discussions involving Shell the Nigerian government and the Ogoni people. President of MOSOP Legborsi Saro Pyagbara made this known yesterday in Boue, Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Addressing a meeting of MOSOP Kingdom Coordinators, Pyagbara who was represented by the organization’s Publicity Secretary, Fegalo Nsuke, said all parties to the conflict including Shell, the Nigerian government and the Ogoni people must meet to resolve the Ogoni conflict which has led to the death of over 4,000 persons and a generation of Ogoni leaders.

Nsuke accused the Nigerian government and Shell of deliberately encouraging conflict in Ogoniland by attempting to resume oil production without resolving the issues raised by the Ogoni people.

“By attempting to resume oil production through allies of Shell like the NPDC,, Belema Oil and Robo Micheal, the government is actually looking for a way to cause serious crisis in Ogoni and kill us like they did in the ’90s” Nsuke said.

“But we are also Nigerians and it is unfortunate that each time we protest against the violation of our rights, they either kill us or send soldiers after us, find a way to set us against ourselves or set our neighbors against us. They have split our country into 36 states and funded the states with money from Ogoni yet we have no place in Nigeria. This is the unacceptable level of violations we protest. We insist that in our country where we make significant contributions to national income, our political rights to self determination must be respected” he said.

“Look at the cleanup, Shell and the government have refused to fund it. And we have no future without a clean environment because ultimately, if our land water and the entire environment are not restored, we will all die of strange sicknesses like cancer as we have started experiencing” Nsuke said

He called on Shell and the Nigerian government to show their commitment to respect the rights of the Ogoni people by initiating a genuine process that will bring all stakeholders to a discussion table to resolve the Ogoni conflict.

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You are ignorant, Northern leaders hit back at Kila, Galadima, Oyewole

Posted on February 7, 2018. Filed under: news |

…..Okay Oyegun for second term

Northern leaders on Wednesday raised their voice in protest against critics of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.

The leaders said they were “shocked” by the reported comments of some individuals on the leadership of Nigeria’s ruling political party.

At a strategic planning meeting in Yola, the leaders hit back at Prof Anthony Kila, Engr. Buba Galadima and Peter Oyewole, telling them to keep their opinions to themselves.

“Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has taken Nigerian politics to a new level. He has increased the bar” the leaders said.

They praised the national chairman of the ruling party for his thoughts and creative modes of administration.

“We are encouraged by Oyegun’s excellent performance” the leaders said on Wednesday.

Specifically, the leaders extolled Oyegun for promoting transparency, ethics and accountability in the country, building a strong political party, creating a sense of unity among members of the ruling party, mobilizing potential voters and recruiting new members for the party.

“Chief John Odigie-Oyegun is a rallying point for the maintenance of the party “brand. He is sailing with the need of the time.”

In a statement in Yola by the chairman of APC United Front, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa, the leaders called the comments of Kila, Galadima and Oyewole “myopic and brash.”

They commended Oyegun for articulating the party’s position on restructuring, building strong systems and effective structures and lavishing attention on leaders at the state and zonal levels.

“Oyegun has the right vision, temperament and knows how to shape the destiny of the ruling party and the country. He has done a lot of concrete things in the past three years. There is internal democracy in the ruling APC.”

The leaders declared that they were backing Oyegun for second term.

“We are of the firm conviction that we should whole heartedly throw our weight behind Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.”

They also praised President Muhammadu Buhari for tackling corruption, maintaining a strong fiscal discipline in the overall public sector and rationalizing expenditure.

“Buhari will clinch the Presidency of Nigeria in 2019” the leaders added.

Kila, Galadima and Oyewole have sought to deceive Nigerians by false statements.

 

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2019 Rivers Poll: Hausa community distance themselves from Wike’s endorsement

Posted on January 28, 2018. Filed under: news |

Hausa community in Rivers State said yesterday in Port Harcourt that they are not part of the group that endorsed Governor Nyesom Wike for a second tenure in office.

A group of Hausa community led by one Alhaji Mesundu was among the hundreds of non indigenes resident in Rivers State that endorsed Governor Wike for second tenure on Wednesday in Government House Port Harcourt.

During the visit, Alhaji Mesundu said the entire Hausa community in Rivers is in support of Wike’s second tenure and promised to mobilize Hausa community in the State to actualize the Governor’s 2015 bid.

But the Rivers State liaison officer of Hausa community, Alhaji Musa Saidu said the Hausa community in the State has not endorsed anybody for 2019 governorship election.

Alhaji Saidu who spoke in Port Harcourt said that Hausa community in Rivers State has political and administrative structures headed by both traditional institutions and other leaders of thought saying that non of the bodies were consulted before the endorsement was made.

He said that Alhaji Mensudu endorsement of Governor Wike is his personal opinion and does not represent the interest of the entire northern community in Rivers State.

“I read in the media that a certain group of people led by one Alhaji Mensudu went to Government House on Thursday and endorsed Governor Wike for the- second tenure in office.”

“I want to state here that Alhaji Mensudu does not have the mandate to speak on behalf of Hausa community in Rivers State. What transpired in Government House on Wednesday where Mensudu claimed that the entire Hausa community is in support of Wike is his personal opinion and does not in any way represent the interest of the entire northern community.”

“Mesundu does not understand the political and administrative structure of Hausa community in Rivers State. We have an organised leadership structure headed by Sariki Hausawa who is our spiritual leader.”

“I am the Chief liaison officer of Hausa community in Rivers State. If we want to endorse anybody we will meet and take decision on that. We have not discuss any issue concerning the endorsement of anybody.”

“So we have not endorsed Governor Wike for 2019. If there is any need for that the entire leadership of Hausa community will meet and take decision on that.”

He called on the public to disregard such endorsement saying that Hausa community in Rivers State is yet to take decision on who to support in 2019.

 

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Call Your NSA to Order – Groups Tell President Buhari

Posted on January 25, 2018. Filed under: news |

IMG_5319Niger Delta Amnesty Vendors’ Forum in collaboration with Coalition of Niger Delta Ex-agitators/Justice for the Abandoned Youths of Nigeria, today marched through major streets in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to call the National Security Adviser, Gen. Mongonu to stop interfering with the day to day administration of the Presidential Amnesty Office in the interest of peace in the Niger Delta region.

Briefing newsmen at the end of the massive rally which started from the beginning of Ada-George road to terminate at Agip round about by Ikwerri road, President of the Niger Delta Amnesty Vendors’ Forum, Tari Okosi and Coordinator of the Coalition for Niger Delta Ex-agitators/Justice for the Abandoned Youths of Nigeria, Comrade Okpakariari Eferebo lamented how the National Security Adviser has shut down the Amnesty Office, warning that the interference of the NSA could trigger fresh simultaneous violent protests across the region.

They called on the President to use his good offices to intervene before the issue gets out of hands. Meanwhile, the groups have expressed fears that the National Security Adviser may be playing out a prepared script from politicians who are bent on derailing the President’s new vision for the Niger Delta region.

In a swift reaction to the unfolding developments at the Presidential Amnesty Office, Coordinator of the Patriotic Niger Deltans for Good Governance, Comrade Adonba Amgbare, pointed out that the ongoing undue interference from the National Security Adviser to the President has come to the people of the Niger Delta region not as a surprise, judging from the recent provocative statements from some persons in the north.

According to him, the current reported actions of the National Security AdvisIMG_20180124_121853er against the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme may invalidate all the milestones of the present administration in achieving sustainable peace in the Niger Delta region, saying that the people of the area are satisfied with what the Presidential Amnesty Office under Gen. Paul Boroh (Rtd) is doing in the region.

 

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Fayemi backs El-Rufai’s threat to sack Kaduna striking teachers

Posted on January 9, 2018. Filed under: news |

…..says competency test remains APC policy

Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi may have thrown his weight behind the threat by the Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai to sack teachers that joined the ongoing strike in the State.

He also reiterated that teachers competency test remained one of the major policies of the All Progressives Congress, APC, aimed at reviving education in the country.

Dr Fayemi, who met El-Rufai in Abuja on Monday night was said to have saluted the Kaduna State governor for “being a man” and standing firm on his decision to revive education in the State through Teachers Competency Test.

Teachers in public secondary and primary schools in Kaduna State began an indefinite strike action on Monday, over the sack of more than 22,000 of their colleagues. The strike was called by the state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT). The government however threatened to sack any teacher that joined the strike.

A group of youths in the north, under the auspices of Northern Youths Movement (NYM), had fingered Dr Fayemi as the brain behind the Competency Test organized for teachers in Kaduna State last year, which led to the sack of over 22,000 teachers in the State.

The youths said it was Dr Fayemi who brought the consultant that conducted the competency test, which they said was done purposely to reduce the number of teachers in Kaduna State and also raise money for his (Fayemi) governorship election.

Sources very close to Governor El-Rufai told our reporter he met with Dr Fayemi for over one hour on Monday night to review the ongoing teachers strike and assured the governor that “heaven will not fall if the policy of no work, no pay is enforced on the striking teachers.”

Dr Fayemi, a former governor of Ekiti State was said to have lamented that he could have also insisted on the Competency Test when he was governor, vowing that the policy will be implemented if APC returns to power in Ekiti State.

 

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Lagos hijab case lead counsel dies at 69, MSSN mourns

Posted on January 9, 2018. Filed under: news |

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria has expressed its heartfelt condolences over the death of the lead Counsel on the long-running hijab case in Lagos State, Chief Gani Adetola-Kaseem (SAN).

Adetola-Kaseem, aged 69, died early Monday morning at AB Specialist Hospital, Surulere after a brief illness.

Following the announcement of his death, hundreds of Muslims stormed the deceased residence in Lagos before his final burial in Ogun State, according to Islamic rites.

Sheikh Abdurazak Salaudeen , Chief Imam ijebuland and Wakilu Muslim of Yorubaland led a congregation of Muslims in a two-rakah janazah (special prayer for the deceased) at Egbe Central Mosque.

Speaking after his burial, the Amir (President) of the MSSN in Lagos State, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, described the late legal luminary as a promoter of justice and morality.

While sympatising with the family of the deceased, the Amir said late Adetola-Kaseem remained a hero among Muslim students in Nigeria whose right he consistently fought for before his death.

He said, “The persistent pains, harassment, embarrassment and humiliation suffered by female Muslim students in Lagos State and some states in Nigeria for using hijab would not have been this relieved if not for a rare personality like Adetola-Kaseem, whom Allah used for fighting the cause for us without collecting a dime.

“His rare magnanimity in assisting the oppressed and developmental works in the society stands him out. About 18 months ago, he emerged victorious in the hijab case at the Court of Appeal. We pray that Allah who granted him the might to put smiles on the faces of millions of Muslims will accept his sacrifice and grant him Al-Janat Firdaus (heaven).”

Ashafa however, urged Muslim members of the benchers to emulate the late icon, urging that his legacies must be sustained.

He said, “Baba (Adetola-Kaseem) will be remembered for advocating for the cause of justice and the rights of Muslim students and women to wear hijab. This is a great lesson for individuals that whatsoever we put forth in the cause of Allah remain in our record.

“Adetola-Kaseem’s contributions to the struggle of hijab in Nigeria cannot be forgotten in a hurry. He stood by us throughout the litigation period on the case of hijab without collecting a dime as our lead counsel.

“Apart from the religious sphere, Nigeria and especially the legal profession have indeed lost an illustrious and enigmatic personality. Quite evident is the fact that in spite of all that he had been able to accomplish in his fulfilled life in the course of his practice as a lawyer and other selfless activities, he remained an epitome of modesty and humility, who never looked down on anybody.

“His passage is particularly painful for us in MSSN Lagos, for the roles he played in supporting actively our activities, including being a patron of the MSSN Lagos for more than ten years now. Adetola-Kaseem was an embodiment of morality. He never discussed schism but gives life-changing inspirational talks whenever youths were opportune to sit around him.”

The Muslim students’ leader subsequently sympathised with the entire Muslim community in Nigeria and Lagos specifically.

“Our prayers are with him and his distraught family. We pray that Allah accept him as his servant and admit him into Aljannatul Firdaus. Aamiin,” he prayed.

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OCDN Faults Magnus Abe Over Expansion of MOSOP Committee

Posted on January 7, 2018. Filed under: news |

The Ogoni Community Development Network hereby expresses its concern about media reports indicating that a committee which was set up by MOSOP to develop a template for investors was expanded by Senator Magnus Abe in his private home during a new year party last Wednesday..

We consider this action to be absolutely wrong, dictatorial, a distortion and invalid.

OCDN states that no decision of the expanded committee can be valid as it lacks the support of the same authority which put the initial five-man committee in place. The expansion of the committee therefore is absolutely a useless exercise as Senator Abe lacks every mandate to sit in his private home to expand a committee set up by the people under MOSOP.

The OCDN therefore reject every decision taken under the Senator Abe’s expended committee.

OCDN therefore condemn this impunity, reject the re-constitution and expansion of a people-based committee to include Senator Abe’s cronies.

We are very concerned about developments in Nigeria’s Ogoniland and reject this action as it is not only illegitimate to alter a people-based decision by the dictates of one man at a New Year party in his private home but also distorts the neutrality of the committee.

Signed:

Johnson Kuele
President, Ogoni Community Development Network

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The Treachery of RoboMicheal in Desperation for Ogoni Oil

Posted on January 4, 2018. Filed under: news |

The Treachery of RoboMicheal in Desperation for Ogoni Oil
Written By Fegalo Nsuke
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Fegalo Nsuke

On December 27 2017, the Secretariat of MOSOP in Bori came under the control of the Army. RoboMicheal Limited. an Abuja based company in its desperation to force its way to resume oil mining operations in Ogoni had connived with some persons to lie about a meeting with MOSOP. More than that, the company had ordered that the MOSOP secretariat be forced open by the soldiers for the meeting with the chiefs.

RoboMicheal deceptively advertised the meeting to be between the company, the traditional rulers and MOSOP. The company would further lie that the letter inviting RoboMicheal was signed by the deputy President of MOSOP Chief Dr. Fortune Okwa Chujor.

To the company getting MOSOP involved was a smart way to deceive the Ogoni public and get massive turnout. Little did the company know that the constitution of MOSOP requires that for there to be a congress or public gathering of the Ogoni people, the executives of MOSOP, the Vice Presidents (Kingdom Coordinators) and the chapter leaders of the over 300 chapters of MOSOP in all Ogoni communities must be present.

It is on record that no member of the executive committee of MOSOP, Vice Presidents and chapter leaders attended the meeting. The big question here is that is it possible for a meeting organized in collaboration with MOSOP not to have at least an executives of MOSOP in attendance with kingdom coordinators and chapter leaders?

RoboMicheal and its collaborators were smart and knew that its deception would not work without the name “MOSOP’ appearing somewhere in its design.They probably have been informed that the Ogoni Bill of Rights expressly gives the mandate of representation to The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP). And so, deceptivelyy advertising its collaboration with MOSOP was a major strategy to get people to the meeting..

So at about 1pm same day, soldiers loaded in 6 trucks and 2 armored tanks swooped on the MOSOP secretariat and forced the entrance open as hired buses conveyed chiefs for the meeting.Mrs Arobo Igirani of RoboMicheal arrived at about 3.20pm with more soldiers in her convoy. In her speech, she was clear about her interest — she wants the Ogoni oil for which Ken Saro-Wiwa, Barinem Kiobel John Kpuinen, Albert Badey,  Edward Kobani, Theophilus Orage, Samuel Orage, Baribor Bera, Nordu Eawo and some 4000 other Ogonis have been killed by the Nigerian government between 1993 and 1999.

Clearly, Arobo and her RoboMicheal in their business prospection does not use their conscience and chose to come with two military tanks and over 100 soldiers to the meeting. What did she intend to achieve you may ask. I have also been pondering about that and the only answers I could get is that she wanted her deception to succeed, she new she is not welcome and did not want an embarrassment.
To RoboMicheal, military forces from Abuja is the way to go, the think the resistance of the Ogoni people since 1993 must be crushed with the army.
RoboMicheal on December 27, 2017 proved to all of that she can be even more brutal than Shell. If tanks will be used for a supposed business meeting then what would RoboMicheal had deployed if its operations were disrupted in a dispute with a local community? – probably, fighter jets will swing to action leaving all dead.
I call on the Ogoni people to continue to reject this deceptive RoboMicheal, its killer and inhuman tendencies.
Let me also intimate you that RoboMicheal has not gotten any license to operate in Ogoniland.. Its all part of the company’s deception. In fact RoboMicheal is not experienced in oil mining at all and had never prospected for oil any where before. And the company thinks that over 1million Ogonis whose future had been destroyed by Shell’s racist business practices since 1958 can be her guinea pig.
It is not surprising that even Shell whose standards we reject consider RoboMicheal unfit for oil mining in Nigeria and has refused to deal with the company.
What more should I tell you about RoboMicheal and its already failed expedition in Ogoniland.
But I will leave you with few words: No matter how much money that will flow in from Abuja, Ogoni oil cannot be taken without the consent of the Ogoni people..
The author, Fegalo Nsuke is Publicity Secretary of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People(MOSOP). He wrote from Bori Ogoniland, Nigeria.
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Osun Exceeds Global Standard for GDP To Infrastructure Ratio – Nigerian Society of Civil Engineers

Posted on December 26, 2017. Filed under: news |

Osun Exceeds Global Standard for GDP To Infrastructure Ratio – Nigerian Society of Civil Engineers

Civil Engineers have lauded the performance of Governor Rauf Aregbesola especially in the realm of ground breaking infrastructural facilities across the State of Osun.

This is coming as the Engineers declared that the administration of Governor Aregbesola has exceeded Global Standard for GDP-to-Infrastructure Ratio with the several completed and ongoing infrastructural projects that ducts the state.

At a dinner of the association in Osogbo, A former Deputy Vice Chancellor, Ekiti State University, Prof Olugbenga Aribisala who spoke on the theme “Infrastructural Development: An Index For National Development”  encouraged government to spend 6% of its GDP on Infrastructure.

At the event, the Engineers acknowledged the uncommon record of the Governor in giving Osun the needed infrastructural facelift for economic growth.

Aribisala said that “The Osun State Government has shown a very great example of government funding for infrastructural projects. I want to state here unequivocally that Osun State has exceeded the figure recommended for infrastructure development.”

According to him, diversification of the economy will remain impossible without infrastructure.

Also, the National Chairman, Nigerian Institution Of Civil Engineers, Andem Ekpo-Bassey, commended the level of infrastructure development in the state.

“From what I saw today, it is very impressive to me. There are some projects that are recreational projects, there are some projects which are political projects but there are some projects that are human driven projects. These are the kinds of projects that your Governor has really done.”

“As an institution revolving in policy and recommendations, we can rightly confirm that seven years of his government in the state has been numerous number of big civil engineering projects across the State of Osun.”

Governor Rauf Aregbesola was at the event presented with an Award of Grand Achiever Of Infrastructural Development.

End

Source: Kikiowo Ileowo

 

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