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Relocation of Military Cantonment to Ogoni

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MOVEMENT FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE OGONI PEOPLE, USA IOWA CHAPTER November 29, 2009 Office of the chairman ANNOUNCEMENT We want to crave your indulgence to look into the relocation of military barracks to Ogoniland by the government. It is about twenty seven years ago when military cantonment was relocated to Port-Harcourt from Bori because of convenience. Hence, the name Bori camp was given to the cantonment in Port Harcourt. MOSOP USA Iowa chapter has seized this opportunity to call upon all Ogonis home and abroad to rise up against the establishment of a military cantonment in Ogoni for the following reasons: · Establishment of a military cantonment in Ogoni will not create job opportunities for the Ogoni sons and daughters. Ogoni has one of the highest percentages of unemployed graduates in Nigeria. Every town and village in Ogoniland needs at least an establishment that could provide jobs for them. · Ogoni population is fast growing with limited landmass for farming and/or industrial development. Due to land scarcity in Ogoni, the establishment of a military cantonment will offer no solution, but rather will increase demand by the Ogoni subsistence farmers for land use. This military cantonment will subsequently create urban sprawling which the government should guide against, especially in an area where land is in high demand. · Ogoni currently host Police Academy in Tai, and Naval base in Onne and so, relocation of Military cantonment is too much concentration of force to the civilian population. · The Ogoni natural habitat will be destroyed. · Ogoni people need projects that will create jobs and improve the peopleâ

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