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COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE NATIONAL UNION OF OGONI- STUDENTS ANNUAL CONFERENCE

      

                     NATIONAL UNION OF OGONI STUDENTS
                                          (NUOS INTL.) USA
                         3116 W. DEVON AVE SUITE #204
                                CHICAGO ILLINIOS 60659
               www.nuos-ogoni.org[email protected] – 773.250.7004

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE NATIONAL UNION OF OGONI- STUDENTS’ ANNUAL  CONFERENCE HELD AT UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI, KANSAS CITY, SATURDAY, JULY 7, 2007

The state of affairs in Ogoni and Niger Delta were discussed. The theme of the conference was “Resolving Nigeria’s Niger Delta Conflict”. The following resolutions were reached:

We strongly oppose the criminal negligence of the Niger Delta by successive Nigerian governments. We therefore demand an end to the conflict. We are calling on President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and the National Assembly to enact laws that will allow the oil bearing communities of the Niger Delta to control their environment and economic resources. These laws if enacted will go along way to ameliorate the tension in the region and conduce to peace, security, and economic development.

We appeal to the United States government to reconsider its military options (the donation of military gunboats and other hardware to the Nigerian government) against Niger Delta people who have suffered in the hands of the federal government of Nigeria and multinational oil companies. It should instead pressure the Nigerian government to accede to the Niger Deltas’ demand for resource control and self-determination.

We humbly appeal to the United States government to be more involved in diffusing conflicts in African continent, particularly in the Nigeria’s Niger Delta. They could do this through creating favorable trade opportunities, investment relations, and change of its foreign policies toward Africa by involving in meaningful dialogue

The National Union of Ogoni Students condemns the kidnapping of a three-year-old baby by unknown individual (s) or group, and demands her immediate and unconditional release.

We welcome any genuine step taken by Shell and the Nigerian government to clean-up our devastated land, however, we reject the present United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) team because its transparency is questionable-some of the members are ex-Shell employees-indicating conflict of interest. We demand that the government, Shell and the United Nations Environmental Program should work with Ogoni people so as to produce a credible team.  Importantly, we demand that Ogoni environmental experts should be involved in the assessment and cleaning process.

We also call on the federal government to upgrade the Rivers State Polytechnic Bori to a university status to care for the educational needs of over 2.3 million Ogonis.

NUOS resolve that the federal government rebuild all the thirty Ogoni villages flattened by the Nigerian military since the beginning of the Ogoni struggle in 1993.

We also appeal to the United States, and Canadian governments to resettle the about three thousand Ogoni refugees in Benin Republic, and other West African countries.

The National Union of Ogoni Students NUOS Intl. USA, condemn in strong terms the barbaric activities of cult groups in Rivers State and Ogoni in particular. NUOS also call on the Federal and state authorities to investigate and bring to book those involved in these acts, (collaborating Chiefs, politicians, or any other persons involved).

We re-iterate our urge to President Umaru Musa Yar’dua to exonerate Ken Saro-Wiwa and eight others who were judicially murdered.

Signed:

KorneBari Nwike
President

Austin Lemea
Secretary

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1 Comment on “COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE NATIONAL UNION OF OGONI- STUDENTS ANNUAL CONFERENCE”

  1. #1 tombari
    on Jul 24th, 2007 at 05:56

    i am very grateful to all members of the ogoni student union. please do positively keep up the awareness of the injustic done to us the ogoni peaple over the period.cheers

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