MOSOP has rejected fresh moves to resume oil exploration in Ogoniland. The Ogoni people believe certain conditions of Ogoni people have to be met before oil exploration would resume in the area.
President, Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, Prince Bira who briefed journalists in Port Harcourt after a steering committee meeting of the group vowed that Ogoni people would resist any plot by the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company to come into Ogoni, “through the back doors.”
Prince Bira noted that the consent of Ogoni people must be sought and secured before any exploration activity would commence.
In his words, “The right things must be done. I could remember in 2018, the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People set up a template committee to draft what was called a memorandum of benchmark for engagement between the Ogoni community and companies desiring to take over the ‘operatorships’ of the Ogoni oil field, OML 11 and that committee was headed by Professor Ben Naneh and as I speak to you, the template is available.
“We have what we call free, proud and informed consent. The Ogoni people’s consent must be sought because we have suffered tremendously in the course of this struggle,” he said.
The position of MOSOP followed recent visit of NPDC to Ogoni land ahead of the planned resumption of oil exploration in the area.
The Managing Director of NPDC, Mohammad Ali Zara who was speaking during the visit said the invitation by Ogoni people was, “a social licence to operate in this peace loving community.”
Ali Zara also acknowledged the sufferings of Ogoni people over the years due to the activities of oil companies and maintained that, “It is our collective national interest to immediately restore the needed normalcy that will create the enabling conditions for the accelerated socio-economic development of the area.”