Ogoni activists resist Rivers’ bid to acquire land for banana plantation

Human rights activists from the Ogoni ethnic nationality in Rivers State have sworn not to relent in resisting the move by the state government to acquire land in the area for banana plantation.

The group under the aegis of Ogoni Civil Society Platform (OCSP), made its stand known in Port Harcourt last week, while reacting to recent happenings in their area among which is the report of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on environmental pollution in Ogoniland.

The Rivers State government has plans to establish a N20billion banana plantation with a Mexican firm on a public private partnership in Ogoniland which has attracted serious opposition from the Ogoni people.

Speaking on the proposed banana plantation in Ogoniland, Mike Karikpo, Rivers State coordinator of the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoE), lamented that the Ogoni people have suffered enough degradation on their farmlands/ecosystem and should not be deprived

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