OML 11: Wike divides Ogoni leaders

OML 11: Wike divides Ogoni leaders


Okafor Ofiebor/Port Harcourt

The Controversy over the choice of Governor Nyesom Wike because the chief of a Stakeholder Consultative Assembly between the Ogoni individuals and the Federal authorities over resumption of oil manufacturing in Oil Mining License, OML 11 remains to be raging.

On Wednesday, a federal lawmaker, Dumnamene Robinson Dekor, member representing Khana/Gokana Federal Constituency within the Home of Representatives and environmental rights activist, Comrade Celestine Akpobari took diametrically opposing views on the selection of Gov. Wike because the chief of talks with the Federal Authorities on the oil mining license.

The place of the lawmaker was supported by the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Fred Kpakol whereas some youth teams again Akpobari.

Dekor, a former deputy Speaker of Rivers Home of Meeting dismissed opposition to the selection of Wike as chief of dialogue with the FG on OML 11 by Ogoni leaders as “a needless bickering and unwarranted controversy”.

Dekor stated Wike because the Chief Safety Officer of their states, there’s hardly any such excessive stage assembly with the federal authorities both by current protocols or laid down custom with out involving the governor.

The lawmaker recalled that former Rivers State Governor, and now Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi and his Minister for Niger Delta Affairs counterpart, Godswill Akpabio amongst others had been on Ogoni individuals’s delegation to the Presidency on points regarding Ogoni ethnic nationality up to now.

He accused members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of being the architects of the seeming controversy on who ought to and mustn’t lead the Ogoni delegation to the deliberate Multi- Stakeholder Consultative Assembly on OML 11.

Dekor described these against the unanimous choice of Ogoni stakeholders that Governor Wike ought to be on the head of the delegation as enemies of Ogoni individuals.

The federal lawmaker stated the inclusion of the Governor who’s the Chief Safety Officer of the State is within the curiosity of the Ogoni individuals, as a result of it could improve deeper and significant session with an impactful and significant end result.

Additionally,the State Commissioner for Agriculture, Fred Kpakol, stated the choice of Wike to guide the Ogoni delegation in a talks with the FG forward of the deliberate resumption of oil exploration of OML 11 was as a result of he’s by the structure and laid down custom the daddy of all of the ethnic nationalities in state.

Our Correspondent remembers {that a} foremost Ogoni Environmental rights activist, Comrade Celestine Akpobari,and likewise stalwart of APC had condemned the selection of Governor Wike, citing conflict of curiosity because the Governor had in earlier fora stated the State Authorities had acquired 45 % shares of OML 11.

He argued that since Governor Wike is already an get together, he can not lead the Ogoni individuals in excessive stage consultations with the federal authorities.

Akpobari additionally identified the Ogoni individuals have eminently certified individuals educated in Upstream and Downstream sector of oil Business.

Environmental Rights Activist, Comrade Celestine Akpobari, rejects selection of Gov. Wike as leader of Ogoni people in talks with the FG over OML11
Environmental Rights Activist, Comrade Celestine Akpobari, rejects choice of Gov. Wike as chief of Ogoni individuals in talks with the FG over OML11

In identical vein,some youths and elders are sharply divided on the adoption of Governor Wike on the matter.

The youths below the auspices of the Nationwide Youth Council of Ogoni Individuals (NYCOP) described these looking for Wike’s involvement as betrayers.

The Nationwide President of the group, Matthew Dighi, stated, “it’s a disgrace that after 26 years of Ken Saro Wiwa’s demise, some Ogoni elites are nonetheless working in opposition to what the late Environmental rights activist fought and died for.

“All those that need Wike to guide the oil resumption talks with the Federal Authorities are betrayers and we reject such strikes.

“Are they saying we don’t have competent individuals in Ogoni to barter with the federal authorities with out an outsider?

He identified that Ogonis have competent little kids in Ogoni each at dwelling and within the Diaspora who know the wants of the Ogoni individuals higher than Wike.

“We will not allow an outsider to negotiate oil resumption for us and we are using this medium to tell our selfish Ogoni elites to jettison any move to involve Wike because we will not allow that to happen,” Dighi stated.



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