Abuja - Some groups that did not perform at the just-ended Ogoni Day celebrations are nonetheless set to receive Certificates of Participation despite not featuring at the event.
These could not participate owing to time constraints because of the overwhelming response to the event.
Tambari Deekor, Special Media Relations Assistant to Ogoni Central Indigenous Authority President, Dr Goodluck Diigbo, confirmed the affected groups would receive certificates.
This follows the leader of the Ogoni National Legislative Assembly (ONLA), Ledee Wiko, apologising apologising to the cultural groups.
“Wiko expressed deep appreciation for their showing at their own expenses, and directed the organizing committee to issue them with Certificate of Participation,” said Deekor.
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Meanwhile, Deekor said Bori-the capital of Ogoni-was brought to a standstill with 40 cultural groups and over 200 000 people in attendance, including guests from within and overseas.
The highlight of the 2016 Ogoni Day was the launching of the Development Fundfor the Ken Saro-Wiwa Peace and Freedom Centre, Bori which requires urgent maintenance.
The committee responsible is continuing to raise funds to rescue the center. Renovation and repair works are expected to begin before the end of January.
The Ogoni Day was first observed January 4, 1993.
The Ogoni are one of the many indigenous peoples in the region of the South-south.
They number about 1.5 million people and live in a 1,050 km2 homeland which they also refer to as Ogoni, or Ogoniland.
On January 4, 1993, they defied a ban on public gatherings in teh region by hosting the first Ogoni Day attended by 300 000 people.
- CAJ News