Opinion

For the Niger Delta, 13 Percent Is Not Enough, By Saatah Nubari

The 13 percent derivation as is currently practiced is not acceptable and should not be allowed to last any longer. The Niger Delta people will either be allowed to harness their natural resources—taking 87 percent of the revenues and paying 13 percent tax to the Nigerian oil exploration will have…
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Opinion

The North-East and Ogoniland: a Tale of One Nigeria?, By Saatah Nubari

The Niger Delta, Nigeria’s very own heavily populated Chernobyl, felicitates with the people of the North-East, Nigeria’s very own Baghdad. Maybe succour will come to the Delta too since it is One Nigeria, or maybe it is a every-man-for-himself Nigeria. Whichever way, we are diligently taking notes. It has been…
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Opinion

Five Years After UNEP Report – Will Ogoni Breathe Again?, By Nnimmo Bassey

Several questions have trailed the ceremonial flag off. Is the government sincere about the exercise? Is there a budget for the clean up? When would the structures to oversee the clean up be set up? What roles would local people play in the exercise? Will this be another avenue for…
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Opinion

Buhari’s Visit, Niger Delta Clean-up and Other Issues, By Uche Igwe

Let us not forget that ecological restoration is one of the most important things the people of Ogoni have ever asked for. Now that the opportunity to accomplish that is here, no one should constitute himself or herself into a centrifugal force or a clog in the wheel of progress.…
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Opinion

Reversing the Niger Delta Ecocide: Again, We Stand Before History, By Nnimmo Bassey

Today we applaud the courage of President Muhammadu Buhari as he flags off the cleaning of the environment of Ogoniland as the pathway to the detoxification of the Niger Delta environment. Taking this step at a time such as we are in is a mark of commitment that we must…
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Opinion

Niger Delta Clean Up, Niger Delta Avengers and the Rest of Us, By Uche Igwe

At least one of their demands include the cleaning up of the region. We all know that this could be a mere smokescreen masking their real intentions, however it will useful to see if the meeting of one of their demands through the clean-up will force them to any form…
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Opinion

They Don’t Care if We Exist – Crude Oil Spill Impacts at Forcados, By Nnimmo Bassey

The mangrove forests were heavily impacted. Dead crabs and fish littered the shoreline at the village. It was a river of oil as far as we could see. The effort to put up a clean-up show for the visiting minister did not quite pan out as they may have expected.…
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Opinion

UNEP Report Implementation and the Niger Delta Question (2), By Uche Igwe

We believe that a fair, thorough and holistic resolution of the crisis in the region will have tremendous impact on the democratic aspirations and yearnings for good governance. We have however taken upon ourselves the patriotic task of bringing to a close this rather sad and embarrassing chapter in our…
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