HYPREP: New board Chairman decries sabotage in Ogoni communities

Traditional rulers and youths in Ogoni land have been advised to safeguard public infrastructure from vandals bent on sabotaging of .

This is contained in a statement by the new Chairman, of Trustees, Hydrocarbon Pollution and Remediation Project (HYPREP), Dr Mike Nwielaghi, on Wednesday in Port Harcourt.

Nwielaghi said that acts of sabotage perpetrated by a few criminals in the area had made it difficult for to the challenge of water shortage in Ogoni land.

He recalled that provision of portable water in oil impacted areas was among recommendation in the United Nations Environment (UNEP) report, adding that sabotage has slowed the process.

The Chairman said that vandals various communities deliberately destroyed sensitive equipments thereby rendering the water projects ineffective.

“One thing I must say is that, there have been several water projects in this state. As we speak the State has promised to drive its water scheme.

“HYPREP on the other hand is embarking on several water projects same goes for the government.

“Just two days ago, a multi billion Naira portable water project was flagged off by the Minister for Environment, Dr Mohammad Abubakar.

“There was a Water Project here in Ogoni sited in Baen Community, the reticulation was up to Kono area, that project was expected water needs for Kono and Kwawa communities.

“Permit me to ask, are we drinking that Water any ? The reason is simple, our people have continued to sabotage of government and corporate bodies in the area.

“You request for potable water, when its provided, after a month or two the equipments are vandalised and you return to question why you can no longer drink water,” he said.

The chairman also said that HYPREP was also collaborating with the Rivers state government to some of the water projects under its ‘Livelihood ’.(NAN)