The centre for 21st century Issues and Ethnic Minority rights of Africa (EMIROAF) on the 22nd of November organized a memorial anniversary interactive session for the late ogoni Environmental activists who was murdered by the Nigerian state under the late Millitary ruler General Sani Abacha on November 10, 1995, seventeen years ago for advocating for the socio economic rights of the Ogoni people. The theme of the interactive session is “ETHNIC MINORITY STRUGGLE FOR GROUP FREEDOM”
Papers were presented on the following topics by resource persons:
(A) Constitutional Amendment or Constitutional Conference?
(B) The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) Ogoni report, how far?
The Executive Director of Centre for 21st Century issues, Ms Titi Akosa spoke on the collaboration between EMIROAF and C21st on this year’s event which was also held last year. Ms Akosa emphasized that today’s occasion calls for sombre reflection for all to work with the Ogoni people to get compensation for the environmental injustice meted out to them. She told the audience that Ken Saro Wiwa fought for a just cause for which he was murdered and that the cause for which Ken Saro Wiwa was killed has been vindicated by the UNEP 2011 report. The report confirmed that Ogoniland, water and eco system is despoiled and polluted. The Ogoniland and people are endangered species due to the environmental disaster occasioned by the activities of the oil companies. She highlighted that till date, the federal government of Nigeria is foot dragging on the implementation of the UNEP 2011 report.
She linked the injustice perpetrated by the Nigerian state on the ogoni people to climate injustice which the developing countries are suffering today. She called on the Nigerian government not only to ensure environmental justice for the ogoni people but also the Nigerian people who have been devastated by the impacts of flood in recent times . The devastating impacts of flood experienced in almost 26 states of the Nigerian federation is unprecedented in the history of Nigeria, many are still unable to recover from the devastation.
The executive director of C21st called on the federal government to join all other progressive developing countries to demand climate justice in the UNFCCC climate change negotiations coming up in Doha, Qatar in December 2012.
ADVOCACY VISIT TO CHAIRMAN AMUWO- ODOFIN LOCAL GOVERNMENT, LAGOS, NIGERIA:
On Saturday 18th of November, 2012 ,The chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local government also joined in the global week of action to demand climate justice during the Annual Women Mentoring Women`s Walk (WMW),. The WMW is an annual advocacy walk organized by C21st with Idea builders Nigeria to raise awareness about the importance of mentoring for the promotion of women’s human rights in Nigeria. During the walk women carried demand climate justice advocacy posters calling on Eu and America to take action by reducing their greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring adequate climate finance for adaptation to the least developed and developing countries. Advocacy letters for policy makers was delivered to the chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local government and he also joined the women to display the demand climate justice advocacy posters demanding for climate finance .
As part of the action to demand global justice during c21st in partnership with Nature Cares, Society for the transformation of Women and Children, Earth communication, campaign for Democracy and Human Rights and Child maternal and youth Leadership Initiative organized a one day “CLIMATE JUSTICE FORUM AND PRESS CONFERENCE TO CELEBRATE THE GLOBAL WEEK OF ACTION FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE” The program which brought together 50 participants representing women`s group, media, young people, People with disability and government took place on the 16th November, 2012 at CDHR building, 1, Fadeyi street Ikeja Lagos.
The participants were first sensitized on the need and call for climate justice. Presentations on Climate justice and health and the impacts of climate change on rural women were made by Mr Toyin Oshaniwa of Nature Cares and ms Tosin Oladosu of society for the Transformation of women and Children respectively. The presentations highlighted the injustice in the climate systems and how the impacts of climate change are affecting the people in the developing world especially women and children.
Ms Celine Osukwu, a representative of the people with disability also calls the attention of the participants to the devastating impacts of climate change on people with disability. She called on the Nigerian Government and the developed countries to take action to address climate change as people with disability are the most impacted an dthey are suffering much more from the impacts of climate change much more than any other group.
PRESS CONFERENCE -After the presentations and plenary discussions the press statement was read by Ms Titilope Akosa, the executive Director of C21st. The press conference was covered by both electronic and print media in Nigeria. The text of the press conference can be accessed at https://c21stnigeria.wordpress.com/2012/11/18/global-call-for-eu-and-us-to-take-responsibility-for-climate-change-nigerian-civil-society-calls-for-immediate-action-on-climate-change/
Centre for 21st Century Issues (C21st) as a member of Demand climate justice and a member of Pan African climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) joined the global world to demand climate justice during the global week of action to demand climate justice from 12th -18th November 2012. C21st with the Policy Advocacy partnership on Climate Change in Lagos state (PAPPCC) met with Lagos state Lawmakers on 12th of November, 2012. ;
MEETING WITH POLICY MAKERS IN LAGOS STATE: C21st met with the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Environment to sensitize them on climate change and climate justice and as well as enhance their ability to perform their functions in making people centred laws and policies that support adaptation initiatives for the most vulnerable in Lagos state. The lawmakers are also enjoined to support t the demand for climate justice in all their international activities on climate change and ensured that those who did not cause climate change are not allowed to suffer disproportionately from it.