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THE E.U - ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT (EPA) UNDERMINES NIGERIA'S DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES - Manufacturing, Trade, Labour and CSOs Stakeholders. PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 17 August 2016 00:00
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Stakeholders that include Trade groups, Chambers of Commerce, Civil Societies and Labour organizations have critically faulted the European Union promoted Economic Partnership Agreement, EPA, describing it as counter-productive to the interest of a country such as Nigeria. They said the trade agreement which imposes pressing and extensive import liberalization on participating countries before ever their supply capabilities have been built or strengthened will be injurious to them.

Stakeholders made this point at a Policy Brief and Roundtable on EPAs organized to examine and collate the inputs of Nigerians on the objectives of the Economic Partnership Agreement with the E.U in Abuja.

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NIGERIA AND EU's ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT (EPA): Economic Cooperation or Economic Slavery? PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 15 August 2016 15:02
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Nigeria is yet to sign the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA), which is inspired by the European Union (EU) with the aim of eliminating trade restrictions between it and ECOWAS member states. Following years of secretive negotiations led by the EU, the EPA text was finalised in 2014 with promised benefits to developing countries like Nigeria including better access to EU markets and integration into a global economy. However, with negative reactions from Nigerian manufacturers, civil society actors and trade experts citing the imbalanced benefit to European producers having unfettered access to the Nigerian market over local industries, the former President, Goodluck Jonathan refused to sign the EPA. During the 49th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS, in Dakar, Senegal in June 2016, the government of Muhammadu Buhari delayed endorsing the EPA, opting instead to continue consultations with Nigerian citizens. As a contribution to the consultation process, this briefing examines the EPA in the context of the Nigerian economy and offers alternative paths for sustainable economic development. Download the full report...

 

 

Last Updated on Monday, 15 August 2016 15:10
 
Social Action Event at the World Social Forum (WSF) in Montreal PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 11 August 2016 11:38
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CLIMATE JUSTICE NOT CARBON COLONIALISM!

Friday, August 12, 2016. 13:00 – 15:30 (EST)

This discussion workshop is organized by Social Action in collaboration with Development and Peace -Caritas Canada, Kairos, Indigenous Environmental Network and other groups. The workshop will offer a multidimensional view of the carbon market. Apart from examining the outcomes the Clean Development (CDM), Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) and regional carbon markets such as the Western Climate Initiative, participants will propose just and sustainable alternatives to the current failed system. Read More...

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Still Polluted: Twenty Years After Ken Saro Wiwa PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 07 August 2016 15:50
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This video by Social Action highlights the impact of oil pollution on the Ogoni and other communities in the Niger Delta. In 2011 the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) released its report on the Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland. The UNEP Report revealed widespread pollution. However, government has been slow to act on the recommendations of UNEP. In this video, community members speak out about their dilemma, fears and expectations.

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 07 August 2016 16:05
 
Cleaning in a Vaccum: Framework Gaps in the Implementation of the UNEP Report on Ogoniland PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 August 2016 15:21
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Being text of Press Conference organized by Social Action on 3rd of August 2016.

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Media, thank you for honouring our invitation.

The 4th of August 2016 marks the fifth year since the United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP released a report on its assessment of pollution impacted sites in Ogoniland. After decades of local and international campaigns by thousands of climate groups and activists against environmental despoliation of Ogoniland and the Niger delta by oil companies, the Nigerian Government in 2007 invited the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to carry out scientific assessment of the impact of oil pollution on parts of the Ogoni environment. UNEP completed the assignment and submitted its report to the Nigerian government on August 4th, 2011.

Last Updated on Friday, 05 August 2016 15:33
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Cleaning in a Vacuum: Framework Gaps in the Implementation of the UNEP Report on Ogoniland PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 02 August 2016 09:04
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On Thursday June 2, 2016, the Nigerian federal government organized a ceremonial launching of the clean-up and restoration of polluted sites in Ogoniland. The government used the ceremony to announce its commitment to implementing the recommendations of the United Nations Environment Programme’s  Environmental Assessment of Ogoniland report.

This briefing paper by Social Action examines developments prior to and following the flag-off ceremony. It analyses crucial processes and highlights institutional lapses that threatens to mar the entire clean-up process. Download the full report...

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 August 2016 11:33