22-years after the death of late environmental activist, Ken Saro Wiwa, an articulated move to arouse a special recognition, was roundly stepped down by members of the House of Representatives who saw it as a controversial path to tread in Nigeria’s national history.
According to a report by Vanguard, the development came on the heels of a motion subsumed under “Matters of Urgent Public Importance” by Hon. Kingsley Chinda, the member representing Obiakpor Federal Constituency of Rivers State in the House.
While moving the motion titled “Remembering Saro Wiwa and Eight Other Ogonis 22 years after their death and Urgent Need to Expedite Action on the Clean Up of Ogoni Land”, Chinda craved for an observation of one minute silence for Saro Wiwa alongside other prayers which included condemnation of continuing pollution of Ogoniland and other parts of Niger Delta region, declaration of Ogoniland as an ecological disaster zone.
He also prayed that the House mandate its Committee on Environment and Petroleum to monitor level of progress or otherwise of the implementation of the clean-up and report to the House quarterly.
The lawmaker said the “House notes with dismay the despoliation of the Ogoni environment and indeed that several other Niger Delta Communities occasioned by decades of oil exploration activities in the region.