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JUDICIARY WORKERS’ STRIKE: DEMOCRACY IN THE EYE OF THE STORM. PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 26 January 2015 11:17
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Written by Lillian Akhigbe, Communications Officer, Social Action
The indefinite nationwide strike embarked upon by the Nigerian Judiciary workers, which took effect on Monday January 5, 2015 has lingered into the fourth week, with no end in sight to the strike action. The workers, under the platform of the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), have vowed not to resume work until the Federal High Court judgement granting financial autonomy to the Judiciary is enforced. The judgement which was delivered by Hon. Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on January 13, 2014, was later followed by several Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) agreed between the Nigerian government, representatives of JUSUN and other stakeholders, who all pledged to comply with the court ruling, to allow a free and independent justice system in Nigeria. But the reluctance of the federal and state governments, to abide by the agreed terms of the most recent MoU dated November 27, 2014, has led to the commencement of the current strike action by JUSUN.
Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 11:33
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Introducing the Report - Crude Business : Oil Theft, Communities and Poverty in Nigeria. PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 December 2014 00:00
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Based on field investigations in Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers States, this report by Social Action presents the cases of illegal artisanal refineries in the Niger Delta as a more recent manifestation of the historical problem of oil theft in Nigeria, which includes the looting of public revenues from the petroleum industry. The report shows that oil theft and the artisanal refining that it enables, are twin threats to legitimate civic engagement, environmental sustainability, and the physical health and livelihoods of its operators and the people living in the Niger Delta communities. With billions of dollars in lost public revenues, crude oil theft adversely affects the socio-economic well-being of the majority of Nigerians who still live in poverty and destitution. The report highlights the need to improve the governance of natural resources and makes concrete recommendations for the government, civil society groups and affected communities. Click to view report

Last Updated on Friday, 19 December 2014 09:36
 
New Report Highlights Problems With Forest Carbon Trading Scheme In Nigeria PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 08 December 2014 16:30
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A new report released today highlights how forest dependent communities in Cross River State, southeast Nigeria, are losing rights and livelihoods, as their forests are being locked down by the government, which seeks cash through a United Nations backed 'carbon trading' scheme, Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).

The report, '_Seeing REDD: Communities, Forests and Carbon trading in Nigeria_', by Nigerian organisation, Social Action, was presented today in Lima, Peru at an event at the People's Summit on Climate Change, which coincides with the 20th Conference of Parties (COP20) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), in the Peruvian capital city.

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OGONI MARTYRS' DAY: Social Action releases STILL POLLUTED PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 10 November 2014 09:43
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Written by Lillian Akhigbe, Communications Officer, Social Action

As the global environmental justice movement commemorates the state execution of writer and activist, Ken Saro Wiwa and 8 other Ogoni environmental and social justice campaigners who were killed on November 10, 1995, the Social Development Integrated Centre (Social Action) has today released a new report, STILL POLLUTED: Monitoring Government and Shell’s Response to UNEP’s Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland. The report is a product of two years monitoring of the effort of the Nigerian government and oil companies to address the remediation of the environmentally-devastated Ogoniland through the implementation of the concrete recommendations in the report by the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP).

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 09:07
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24 Years After : Umuechem Community Demands For Justice PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 October 2014 14:10
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Mr Celestine Akpobari, addressing Umuechem community members at the Town Hall meeting

Over two decades since the unfortunate destruction of lives and property, extra-judicially carried out by officers of the Nigeria Police Force in Umuechem Community of Rivers State, the community still lies in ruins, and the survivors of the violent massacre, have nothing to boast of but painful memories of the sad incident which left many of them bereaved and starkly impoverished with no means of livelihood. Propelled by the need to tell the true story of the Umuechem tragedy in the pursuit of justice for the community, the Social Development Integrated Centre (Social Action) organized a Town Hall Meeting with members of Umuechem Community, against the background of the human rights violations meted out on the people 24 years ago.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 08:24
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Social Action’s Citizenship and Leadership Training Camp advocates alternatives to existing political parties PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 00:00
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Resource persons and participants at Social Action’s Leadership Training Camp which held from the 23rd to the 27th of September 2014, have stressed the need for Nigerians to begin identifying alternative development frameworks different from that which is presented by the major political parties in the country.  This call was made on the reasoning that the 2 major political parties- the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples’ Democratic Party- have failed to present manifestos which convincingly demonstrates how they intend to take Nigeria our of its present precarious state.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 October 2014 14:51
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