3 October 2011
An Environmental Parliament in
Port Harcourt, the capital, has faulted the Federal Government Rivers State 's approach to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report on oil pollution in Ogoniland.
Participants at the parliament which was organised by the Environmental Rights Action (ERA), were drawn from Niger Delta communities, civil society organizations, UNEP, media and the academia. The forum was also attended by a representative of Rivers State Ministry of Environment and Oxfam-Novib.
The parliament undertook a critical review of the UNEP report. In a two-page communiqué that was jointly signed by the Head, Legal Resources/Democracy Outreach of ERA, Prince Chima Williams, Executive Director of the Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (IHRHL), Mr. Anyakwee Nsirimovu, and the Women Leader of Goi, an Ogoni community, Mrs. Veronica Kobani, the paricipants said government was delaying the implementation of the report by setting up series of committees.
According to them, “instead of setting up committees and counter committees to review the report which findings and recommendations are unambiguous, the Federal Government of Nigeria should commence immediate implementation of the recommendations of the UNEP Report as Nigerians will not have the luxury of waiting for them for eternity”.