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Ogoni, SPDC Still At War

The end of the misunder-standing and confrontation between the Ogoni people in Rivers State and Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) appears not yet in sight, as the people weekend, vowed not to allow the oil company resume operation in Ogoniland. Because of this the apex socio-cultural organisation in the area, Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP) has called on the federal government to grant the lease for Ogoni oil to other oil companies other than the SPDC. The MOSOP spokesman, Mr. Bari-Ara Kpalap said in Port Harcourt last Friday that the Ogoni people were opposed to the return of Shell to Ogoniland because of the company’s divide and rule tactics,” and disregard for the feelings of the people. “Now that Shell’s leases have expired, perhaps it is appropriate for the federal government to consider the granting of the lease for Ogoni oil to other companies that would undertake to treat the Ogoni people and their environment with more respect and responsibility”, he said. Apparently reacting to a recent report which gave the indication that Shell might resume operations in Ogoniland, the MOSOP dismissed such a position as baseless and irresponsible”. Full Story

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