Rivers - Rivers State has felicitated with the Ogoni people on the occasion of the celebration of the 20th Ogoni Day anniversary on Tuesday.
Governor Nyesom Wike, wishing the people well on the milestone, declared his commitment to addressing the development challenges of the area.
The governor noted with satisfaction the contribution of the Ogoni people to the development of democratic and social institutions in Rivers State and Nigeria.
He said his administration appreciated the sacrifices and contributions of prominent Ogoni people to nation-building.
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The governor stated that the state polytechnic in Bori was renamed as Kenule Beeson Sarowiwa Polytechnic to immortalise and honour the late internationally recognised environmentalist.
Wike said he held the Ogoni people in high esteem, hence Ogoni sons and daughters had been appointed into strategic positions to actualise the development goals of his administration.
He assured that his administration will continue to work with all stakeholders to address the environmental challenges facing Ogoniland.
The governor urged the Ogoni people to always support his administration, pointing out that he would always work to advance the interest of the people.
The Ogonis are one of the many indigenous peoples in the region of southeast of the country. They number about 1.5 million people and live in a 404-square-mile (1,050 km2) homeland which they also refer to as Ogoni.
- CAJ News