The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP) has called for the probe of millions of dollars released to Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP) and the immediate sack of Prof. Philip Shekwoloh as Coordinator of the agency.
HYPREP is the government agency responsible for the management of the Ogoni Cleanup Exercise but MOSOP accused the coordinator of corruption and looting the cleanup funds and demanded an audit into the activities of HYPREP.
President of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke who made the call in Bori, headquarters of Khana local government area of Rivers state during a meeting with Kingdom Coordinators and chapter leaders of MOSOP at the MOSOP Secretariat said what Prof. Shekwoloh’s HYPREP did is to move soil from unpolluted sites to cover up the polluted sites and pocket the funds meant for the cleanup.
Nsuke said HYPREP was one of the most corrupt agencies of government under President Muhammadu Buhari and the corruption in HYPREP seriously challenges the Nigerian Government’s claims to fighting corruption..
Nsuke expressed fears that Prof. Shekwoloh will kill HYPREP if urgent steps are not taken to probe the agency and restore it’s dignity. He further called on Ogonis to rise up to save the cleanup exercise should the government fails to heed the advice of the people to sack Prof. Shekwoloh and overhaul the internal operations of HYPREP.
The MOSOP President further expressed worries that the Ogoni cleanup funds have been rumored to have been used for settling mistresses and youths who dare to raise questions under Professor Shekwoloh.
He therefore called for the “sack of Prof. Shekwoloh and the appointment of a substantive Project Coordinator for the project. Nsuke further noted that Professor Philip Shekwoloh was supposed to be an interim coordinator and has overstayed”, accusing the professor of abusing the privileges of his office.
The MOSOP President said “the Ogoni cleanup funds has been looted by politicians, youths and everyone who can gain access to HYPREP. The situation is extremely bad and we demand a probe into the mismanagement of HYPREP funds”, Nsuke said.