Ogoni gives Akpabio 14 days to repair Eleme-Onne East-West road
The indigenes under the auspices of the Ogoni People’s Assembly (OPA) said the road was initially included among the list of projects funded by the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) to facilitate its timely completion.
OPA cited a memo from the State House, Abuja dated September 24th, 2018 saying the funds for the project were about to be released to the contractor when Akpabio took the road back to his ministry.
The Leader of the group, Probel Williams, asked Akpabio to either return the road to the PIDF or look for money to begin the project within the 14-day ultimatum starting from July 7th.
Williams, who spoke in Port Harcourt on Wednesday, said Ogoni people would embark on a peaceful civil action if the minister ignored their demands.
He said: “President Muhammad Buhari, in his wisdom after a visit to some Ogoni sons, directed that this road be included in projects being funded by the Presidential Infrastructure Development Fund to accelerate work pace and ensure timely completion.
“In a memo from the State House Abuja dated 24th September 2018 with reference SH/COS/03/14/11/002 by the late Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, conveyed Mr. President’s directive on one to four of the East-West road to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Federal Ministry of Finance and the Managing Director, Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority.
“From the information available to us, PIDF was about releasing funds to the contractors when Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio decided to take back the job to his Ministry.
“We demand that the Honourable Minister for Niger Delta Affairs immediately return the deplorable Eleme-Onne section of the East-West road to the PIDF or look for money to commence this work within 14 working days from today, the 7th July 2021.
“Failure to do this, we would be compelled irresistibly to embark on a non-violent mass civil action without further reminder or extension of time.”
Williams also called on Buhari to withhold his assent to the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) until issues concerning host communities and gas flaring were properly addressed.
He asked the President to reject the allocation of 30 per cent NNPC profit on oil exploration at the frontier basins.
He said: “We call on the President, Mohammad Buhari to refuse assent to the bill as soon as it is forwarded to his Office until issues concerning host communities and ending has flaring are addressed.
“We also want Mr. President to reject the allocation 30% NNPC profit to explore for oil in the frontier basins especially as the world is already moving away from fossil fuel.”