The Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), has described the response of the Federal Ministry of Environment to the Ogoni clean up contract scam as unfortunate and ridiculous, President of MOSOP, Fegalo Nsuke, gave the verdict on Monday in a statement issued in Port Harcourt.
Nsuke described the response of the ministry to the contract fraud in HYPREP as shameful, ridiculous and a huge burden on the anti-corruption campaign of President Buhari.
"The ministry of environment should be ashamed to tell us that the only reason it awarded Ogoni clean-up contracts to farmers and livestock breeders is that they signed affiliation agreements with perceived cleanup companies.
"It follows that HYPREP's only condition for winning the contracts was for anyone to sign a contract of partnership with some firm that is perceived to be competent" Nsuke further stated.
The MOSOP President noted that the ministry's position is tantamount to an election contestant who uses someone else's certificate to scale through screening emphasizing that HYPREP's handling of the cleanup contracts amounted to fraud and violated even the rules set by HYPREP as advertised in several media.
The MOSOP President re-iterated earlier position that HYPREP was stinking in corruption and the award of cleanup contracts lacked integrity and did not follow due process.
He called on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately dissolve the Governing Council of HYPREP to allow an independent investigation into the contract scam.
Nsuke in a statement signed by General Secretary of MOSOP, Dcn Monday Ziinu further argued that, leaving the Governing Structures of HYPREP in place while investigations commence into the fraudulent contracts will erode public confidence in the process and jeopardize the integrity of the investigation.