Challenges Of Cleaning Ogoni (Cover Story)



Adekunbi Ero, executive editor, is a general in every sense of the word. When she leads an editorial battalion to the battlefield, there is no room for excuses nor is there impossibility in her dictionary. Just as you are suggesting for her to take some rest, she is insisting on charging ahead, most times breaking new grounds. Little wonder she dwarfs many a media manager with the rare display of energy and brain. Take for instance the efforts that produced this week’s story. She was initially headed for Rivers State on another assignment when the editorial board asked her to file reports for a story on the planned clean up of Ogoniland. But Ero did not only offer to take up the story, she actually launched into Ogoni, more like the technical team of investigators sent in there by the United Nations Environment Project, UNEP in 2009.

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By the time she turned in her story, we got a deluge of details on the feelings of Ogoni people towards the planned clean up, the challenges confronting the implementation of the UNEP report and the pains of people of the area four years after the report was released.

Ero puts her experience, both as journalist and one who has deep knowledge of the Niger Delta into play to craft the story, Challenges Of Cleaning Ogoni.

The taste of the pudding is in the eating. Naturally, it is our lead story for the week.

Complementing that is the interview with Ekpo Nta, a professor and chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC. He talks about how the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari has given impetus to the war against corruption. Nta who throws light on what the agency has done to curb corruption explains why it often seems that the anti-graft agencies do not meet people’s expectation. He spoke to the duo of Anayochukwu Agbo, general editor and Tajudeen Suleiman, senior associate editor. The ICPC boss says the president has the will power to tackle graft. Find out more in Buhari Can Fight Corruption.

There are lots more.

Wishing you a blessed week.

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