Social Action Event at the World Social Forum (WSF) in Montreal:CLIMATE JUSTICE NOT CARBON COLONIALISM!

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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

State Budgets Should Not Be Treated As Secret Documents: Being a Press Statement Released by Social Action, Niger Delta Citizens and Budget Platform and Partners

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It is worrying that at the sixth month of the fiscal year, Rivers state, Akwa Ibom state, Bayelsa state and Delta state have not deemed it appropriate to make copies of their annual budgets available on the state official websites or otherwise for public access. This is the high point of a tradition of executive and legislative secrecy which has become common practice in the aforementioned states.

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NEITI CAN DO BETTER WITH CSOs, CITIZENS’ SUPPORT – EXEC. SECRETARY

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The Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, NEITI, has been identified as a veritable instrument for human development. To this end, the body has advocated for collaboration and support to meet this purpose.
Executive Secretary of NEITI, Mr Adio Waziri made this remark when he received in audience a delegation from the Social Development Integrated Centre (Social Action), which paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja.

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Social Action Presents Budget Monitoring Findings to Akwa Ibom and Delta State Governments

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Following the completion of its monitoring of the implementation of the 2015 budget of five Niger Delta states, Social Action’s budget advocacy coalition, the Niger Delta Citizens and Budget Platform has presented reports containing its findings to the key government officials in Akwa Ibom and Delta state.

According to Coordinator of the budget advocacy coalition Ken Henshaw, ‘it is important the governments get copies of this reports and use it as a guide to take action in future to make sure that budgets impact more on the people than it currently is.’
In Akwa Ibom state, the presentation was made by Executive Director of coalition partner Policy Alert, Mr Tijah Bolton, while in Delta state it was delivered by the Mrs. Bridget of the Int’l Centre for Women Empowerment & Child Dev. (ICWECD) based in the state capital Asaba.
The report contains findings by teams of budget monitors comprising of transparency and accountability activists, the media and community volunteers who were on the field for two weeks in early 2016, visiting sites of projects mentioned and allocated funds in the 2015 budgets of the various state.
Reports of health, education and food sufficiency project sites indicate that up to 80% of projects allocated funds were never executed in the states. ‘The difference between allocation and implementation is just too high. It is either the budget was too unrealistically made with impossible revenue expectations, or something else we don’t understand is going on,’ says Sebastian Kpalap, Executive Director of Citizens’ Voice Initiative and coalition member.
In the coming week, budget monitoring reports will be presented to other state governments in the Niger Delta.

Social Development Integrated Centre (Social Action), Nigeria, Billed for Global Forests, Carbon Regulations Workshop in California.

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All is set for a climate change mitigation public workshop to discuss potential amendments to the Cap-and-Trade Regulations of the California Air Resources Board of the United States.
The event which is scheduled for April 28th, 2016 at the Byron Sher Auditorium, CalEPA Headquarters Sacramento, California, U.S, will feature informed discourse around the Cap-and-Trade program including the potential for admitting international sector credits offset in the program.

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Hope Rises On UNEP Report Implementation, Clean-up of Ogoniland, Niger Delta.

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Indications emerged that the Nigerian government may finally kickstart the implementation of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) Report on Ogoniland, five years after it was released.
Minister of Environment, Ms Amina Mohammed who gave this hint March 4, 2016 in Bori, Ogoni, when she led a delegation of the federal government to a stakeholders consultative meeting at the Ken Saro-Wiwa Peace and Freedom Centre, Bori in Rivers State, stated that government was under local and international pressure to implement the recommendations of the report.

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We Must Wake Up To The Dangers Of Borrowing – Hon. Chinda

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As Nigeria begins to come to terms with the perilous state of the economy with the drop in oil prices, a warning has gone to the country to be wary of the dangers inherent in borrowing.

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Representatives, Honourable Kingsley O. Chinda gave this warning at a conference on “Promoting Accountability in the Management of Public Debt” Organized by Social Action in November 2015, in Abuja.

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Social Action tasks Governments, emergency agencies on flood predictions

The Nigeria Meteorological Agency, NIMET, in July 2015, announced that the country was going to witness increased rainfall in parts of it this year. On the 4th of September this year, the Nigeria Hydrological Agency also announced that the country’s neighbours; Cameroun and Niger were going to open their dams in the coming days to let out water from its chambers. All this prognosis therefore point to a likelihood of flooding in the country.

So far, these indicators and warnings have gone largely unheeded and have not elicited any expected significant response or reaction from the relevant authorities in the country; this is despite the far-reaching implications it has for the country.

Effective grassroots sensitization cum enlightenment has not been done to bring this possible impending danger to the knowledge and awareness of rural and community dwellers; neither has contingency measures been put in place to mitigate and/or contain the potential impacts.

Experience from the 2012 flooding in the country and the avoidable catastrophic human and material losses and damages Nigeria suffered which were largely as a result of poor utilization of and response to early warnings should have been strong enough lessons to avoiding re-occurrence.

In the light of this, the flooding predictions must therefore be treated with all the seriousness it deserves; Emergency management bodies as well as the federal and state governments must urgently activate all its relevant information and enlightenment machinery to educate the masses especially those at the grassroots, of the possible flooding and enlighten them accordingly on expected conduct in the event that it occurs as predicted. Proper measures should also be put in place to cater for likely displacements and re-settlement/rehabilitation after the flooding. This would require proper and careful planning which need be done without any further delay.

Protect the Internally Displaced; Social Action urges Government

Shelter is not only an inalienable but indeed one of the most basic needs of every human being in every given society. Social Action is therefore deeply concerned about the threat of imminent eviction facing internally displaced persons who took shelter in an unoccupied private property in WASU IDP camp in Apo District of Abuja.Written by Vivian Bellonwu, Head, Social Action Abuja

It is of note that the bulk of these persons are made up of men, women and children who lost their homes to the sustained terrorist attacks of Boko Haram in the North-Eastern Nigeria. These persons escaped from this campaign of terror with barely any basic life necessity including either, house, and clothing or related.

On the other hand, poor planning and dismal sense of responsibility has not enabled government to plan and make provision for sheltering the teeming number of people increasingly displaced by the Boko Haram attacks. The displaced persons therefore resorted to self-help, taking refuge in an unoccupied private property in a bid to shelter themselves from the harsh elements of nature.

The threat of eviction placed on/facing these IDPs should therefore be immediately withdrawn. The relevant authorities charged with disaster and displacement management including the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, the National Refugees Commission, Ministry of Social Welfare and all other related bodies should immediately put in place structures such as camps etc to shelter these IDPs and make adequate provision for food and drug supplies to these camps. Cognizance must be taken of the presence of women and children who are most vulnerable in this circumstance.

We wish to strongly remind the government that Housing is a human right and urge it act in protection of this right and discharge its responsibilities towards its citizens.

Lawmakers urged to amend sections of the PIB

Written by Lillian Akhigbe, Communications Officer, Social Action

In view of the decision made by the Nigerian House of Representatives to commence consideration of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) next week, the Social Development Integrated Centre, also known as Social Action, has deemed it necessary to raise public awareness and bring to the attention of the lawmakers, some salient issues arising from key provisions contained in the PIB.

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