26 August 2011
By Donu Kogbara
THE recent United Nations Environmental Programme, UNEP, report – which accused Shell and the government of failing to protect my Ogoni homeland from chronic pollution – has generated bitterness as well as satisfaction.
Bitterness because most of us did not know the full extent of the damage to our waterways, ancestral lands and the air we breathe until the report became public and revealed a level of devastation that is absolutely shocking – UNEP categorically stated that Ogoniland requires the biggest oil clean-up in history and that the process will take about three decades and cost at least $1 billion.
Satisfaction because Shell and the government have no choice but to accept the authenticity of a serious scientific study – the most detailed to ever be conducted in the Niger Delta region – that comes from such a credible source.