LAGOS: THE Ogoni Kingdom said its newly-established Independent Civil Society Commission (ICSC) would promote public debate about prevailing issues.
In a message to the Ogoni Self-Government Inauguration Thanksgiving Service held at Teyork, near Bori, Ogoni President, Goodluck Diigbo, said a unique role for the commission is to promote public debate about what is going on.
Diigbo said the commission, publicly funded and accountable to the people, was impartial and protected from political pressure, through an independent legislative status and headed by an executive director.
The establishment of the commission followed the formal dissolution of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP). MOSOP was founded by Late Ken Saro-Wiwa as an umbrella organization over 20 years ago to struggle for Ogoni political autonomy or self-government.
President Diigbo, who was sworn-in earlier this month as the first elected leader of the Self-Government, then had the responsibility to set up affiliate members, because MOSOP had no direct membership.
The president has approved the appointment of the President of the Federation of Ogoni Women Association, Hon. Precilia Nununee as the Executive Director of the Ogoni Civil Society Commission.
Other members are drawn from all sectors including religious groups, students’ organizations, artists, farmers and traditional leaders among others. The Ogonis are one of the many indigenous people in the region of southeast Nigeria. They number about 1,5 million people.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY