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My Frontline Journal: Removal of Fuel Subsidy in Nigeria

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year to all of you.

Fuel Subsidy Removal in Nigeria is a burning issue. When government proposed the subsidy removal a few months ago, it promised to engage in a wide consultation with Nigerians till April 2012 when the removal will likely take effect. However, the Federal Government of Nigeria engaged stakeholders in 'consultations' on the issue. At one point, government had a dialogue with representatives of Civil Society Organizations. The implications of fuel price increase on the majority Nigerians who are poor were reiterated to the government. My human rights organization for instance issued a press statement on 22 December, 2011 demanding that government have an assessment on the issue and consider other alternatives and ways to cushion the effects on the poor people. On 31 December, a peaceful rally was held in Lagos to press home the effects of government's proposal to the grass root people.
On 1 Jan, our government gave Nigerians a shocking news of removal of fuel subsidy effect from January 1 2012 . The ripple effects of increase in fuel price is what we face in Nigeria now. Since the announcement, cost of food, kerosene for cooking, essential daily needs, etc are out of reach of majority Nigerians. Movement from one place to the other is paralyzed. As a person, I face the challenges in many areas.
The grass root people are reacting through protests. Protest marches are being held in major cities in Nigeria. Yesterday, Labour Congress had one in Abuja, today the 3 of January, my organization - the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights in conjunction with other organizations had a big one in Lagos. Now, I receive reports from our state branches of similar protests in Ilorin and other cities.
The above issue is going to inform my writing for Module 2 but I am yet to get a concrete focus as Nigerians are yet not sure of what the conclusion on the issue should be. Yesterday, our government announced formation of a Committee to manage funds to accrue from the removal of subsidy and this is currently met with nationwide criticisms. Meanwhile Labor Unions are threatening nationwide strike in the days to come.

Comments

Okeny-Lucia's picture

You are important in Nigeria

Hello Celine,
Thank you for the highlights,you are a great woman in terms of Human Rights issues,what are you passionate about.Please continue to unfold the unique things you have encountered in your human rights campaigns.I am waiting in eagerness to hear from your angle story,it is informative,take your time.Listen to your voice of reason and you will succeed.

Lucia Buyanza
Reproductive Health

Rachael Maddock-Hughes's picture

Great topic

Hi Celine,

This is a very timely topic. Just make sure you tell the story through your personal experience! Can't wait to read it!

Cheers,

Rachael

"In every human heart there are a few passions that last a lifetime. They're with us from the moment we're born, and nothing can dilute their intensity." Rob Brezny

Greengirl's picture

Hello Patriot

So sorry I didn't get to read this blog earlier, while it was all happening in our dearly beloved country, NIGERIA!. Your account of the situation as it were, is quite comprehensive.Coming from an ardent human rights activist, I say thumbs up to you for bringing such a burning national issue to a global audience. I have no doubt that you were able to perfectly piece it all up for your Module 2 Writing.
All the best as you forge ahead!

Hugs,

Olanike

Celine's picture

Hello Patriot

Thank you dear Sister. I am working hard combining many things. I thank God for His strength as we are now at the last part of the VOF. The VOF has been a wonderful learning experience for me.

Hugs,
Celine

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