PRESS RELEASE BY The National Union of Ogoni Students: 8 October 2006
The National Union of Ogoni Students in her meeting in St. Louis, Missouri on September 30th 2006 deliberated on the state of affairs in Ogoni and Nigeria.
We resolved as follows: That:
1. We noticed there was an oil spillage followed by ravaging fire outbreak in Yorla flow station, Kpean, Nigeria in July 2006. For more than two months the fire continued, releasing poisonous gases (soot) to the Ogoni environment. This incidence has added to the already destroyed Ogoni environment, traditional holy places, farmlands, crops and lives of the people. There is also an outbreak of epidemic (cancer of the skin, respiratory and lung disorder). We view the lack of attention to the incidence as an attempt by Shell oil/Nigerian government to extinct the Ogoni race for oil.