River State Government Refuses To Respond To Group’s FOI Request

This is despite a 2018 ruling by the Court of Appeal mandating all states of the federation to reply all FOI’s sent to them.

The Rivers State Government has kept mum over requests sent to it under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act to explain why certain projects under Governor Nyesom Wike have remained abandoned.

This is despite a 2018 ruling by the Court of Appeal mandating all states of the federation to reply all FOI’s sent to them.

HYPREP, stakeholders meet over Ogoni cleanup.

Social Action, a Port Harcourt based Civil Society Organization have today convened a town hall meeting in Port Harcourt to review UNEP report recommendations implementation.

The town hall meeting had in attendance representatives from Hydrocarbon Pollution Restoration Project (HYPREP), representatives from different Civil Society Organizations in Rivers State as well as traditional and youth leaders of affected communities from Ogoni.

Shiite, Police Clash: Buhari must obey court order, release Zakzaky

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The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja on Monday 22nd July 2019 was thrown into chaos as the members of the Islamic movement of Nigeria (IMN) popularly known as the Shiite clashed with the police.

The clash which took place at the Federal Secretariat Abuja, led to the preventable death of 10 members of the group, a corps member serving with the channels television and the deputy commissioner of police in charge of FCT.

Social Action Queries HYPREP On Framework For Ogoni Clean Up

The Social Development Integrated Centre (Social Action, Nigeria) has raised a three-point query to the Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project, HYPREP demanding the Ogoni Clean-up implementation framework or timetable showing activities’ schedule, inception to date and in-view.
Speaking at a civil society organizations/media forum in Port Harcourt on Monday, Vivian Bellonwu, Head, National Advocacy Centre, Social Action revealed that the group’s query is based on the Freedom of Information Act, noting that it also demanded two other major information relating to the implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report on the clean-up of Ogoniland.

Ogoni clean-up: Social Action tasks HYPREP on transparency, demands frame work

PORT HARCOURT— A rights group, Social Action, SA, has tasked the Hydrocarbon Remediation Pollution Project, HYPREP, to release the framework set out for the clean-up of the oil polluted Ogoniland, alleging that the agency lacked transparency. SA also urged HYPREP to be transparent and accountable to people of Ogoni and Niger Delta, noting that the body (HYPREP) is a public institution and ought to be trusted. Head, National Advocacy Centre of Social Action, Vivian Bellonwu, spoke in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, yesterday, after submitting a letter requesting information on Ogoni clean-up and project contracts to HYPREP.

Social Action seeks to employ, a highly skilled individual with strong communication skills to join our motivated team as a Communications and Media Officer.

Location: Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Start date: July, 2019

Overview

Social Development Integrated Centre (Social Action) works to promote resource democracy, social justice and human rights in the sectors of energy, mining, the environment and climate change, trade and public budgets. We engage in research and monitoring, popular education and advocacy in solidarity with communities, activists and scholars working to promote social change in Nigeria and other countries in the Gulf of Guinea region of Africa.

The Communications and Media Officer will work with management and programs staff to ensure efficient communication of Social Action’s activities and project outcomes. The successful candidate will work from our Port Harcourt office under the supervision of the Head of Advocacy. S/he will support the implementation of the organization’s Communications Plan by providing communications expertise to program teams, and take the lead in the development of web content and online communications.

The ideal candidate should demonstrate:

  • Interest and experience in using traditional and social media for public communications;
  • Exceptional writing skills: ability to communicate complex information in a simple, lively and readable manner;
  • Excellent interpersonal communication;
  • Excellent computer skills, including some graphic designing skills;
  • Good knowledge of the development challenges of Nigeria;
  • Ability to work independently, under pressure, and to meet deadlines;
  • Willingness to work irregular hours and travel within short notice
  • University or other higher education degree

Duties and responsibilities

  1. Collaborate with departments, program teams in writing and editing press releases, advocacy briefs, briefing papers, newsletters and speeches;
  2. Provide assistance to program teams in developing, writing and designing publications to ensure that messaging is consistent with the values, goals and standards of Social Action, using the best content, visual standards and language;
  3. Manage the development of monthly electronic newsletter, annual reports, videos and presentations.
  4. Work with program teams to manage websites, Facebook, Twitter accounts of the organization and ensure that the organization’s work, project output and views are communicated to the widest possible audience.

Salary

Based on skills and experience

How to Apply

Interested applicants, should provide a cover letter and CV, explaining with concrete examples how your experience, qualifications, and skills match those required for this position. Include relevant examples of your written communication work to date. All application documents should be mailed to admin[at]saction.org and prince[at]saction.org stating the position in the subject line. Applications must be received on or before 10th July, 2019.

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Youths, women and person’s living with disabilities are encouraged to apply

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BOILING OVER: Global Warming, Hunger and Violence in the Lake Chad Basin

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Death and destruction in northeast Nigeria Brutal killings, the abduction and rape of young girls and women, mass displacements and hunger, form the reality of life in areas of the Lake Chad Basin that are affected by the Boko Haram crisis.

This crisis was provoked in part by the massacre of defenseless civilians by Nigerian security forces in the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri in 2009. Protests were organized by the Islamist group Jama‘atu Ahli es Sunna Lidda’awati wal-Jihad (commonly referred to as Boko Haram), which escalated into an armed rebellion in northeastern Nigeria that has spilled over into Niger, Chad and northwestern Cameroon – areas that
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Boiling Over: Global Warming, Hunger And Violence In The Lake Chad Basin

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REPORT LAUNCH AND PANEL DISCUSSION 

Venue:           Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja FCT, Nigeria

Date:             15 May 2019

Time:              9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

The Lake Chad Basin is the scene of one of the first major international conflicts linked to climate change. Here, the Boko Haram insurgency has resulted in the killing of over twenty thousand people and created a massive humanitarian disaster with over three million displaced and many more in need of assistance. However, as one resident of Maiduguri, Borno State commented, “there was already massive displacement in northeastern Nigeria before the advent of Boko Haram”. The displacement of people and impoverishment resulted from ecological changes and inadequacies in institutional responses which enabled discontent to germinate.

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