Friday, 28 February 2014

#StopBornoMassacre #20AbductedBornoSchoolsGirls #WhereIsOurMoney #YV2015


#StopBornoMassacre #20AbductedBornoSchoolsGirls: A dark curtain hangs across the nation! So much blood has been spilled in the last few days in unrestrained terrorist attacks and bombings that have disproportionately targeted young Nigerians in the north-eastern region of the country. Two days ago, 50 students of Federal Government College, Buni Yadi in Yobe State were massacred by gun men suspected to be Boko Haram insurgents. The killings occurred days after 20 young female students were abducted from Government Girls Senior Science Secondary School and Ashigar School of Business and Administrative Studies. Till this day, no one knows their whereabouts or what has happened to them.

Spaces for Change, (S4C), Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND), Tiny Beating Hearts Initiative (TBHI); Centre for Patriotic Leadership Initiative (CPLI), Centre of Children’s Health Education, Orientation and Protection (CEE-HOPE), Network of Police Reforms in Nigeria (NOPRIN), Slum-Ed, SkyTrend News and a network of youth associations, non-governmental organizations and citizens’ movements strongly condemn the continuing acts of brutality visited on innocent citizens at a scale rarely seen elsewhere.  These wanton killings are abhorrent, barbaric and constitute a systematic violation of the immutable rights to life, education and human dignity guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution.

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Sack Diezani, Iweala Now! - Civil Society Groups

The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room (SR) held a meeting in Abuja on 25th February 2014 to review the State of the Nigerian Nation. The SR comprising more than Sixty Nigerian Civil Society groups reached the following decisions:


SR calls on the National Assembly to convene an independent Judicial Commission of inquiry to investigate allegations that 20billion has been stolen from public revenues at the NNPC. Situation room notes that 20billion dollars would make a huge and significant difference to the lives and living conditions of the ordinary Nigerian and significant impact on collapsed infrastructure, generate millions of new jobs, and revive industries and indeed  address several problems confronting the country.

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Angry Reactions Trail Missing $20 Billion Unremitted Oil Revenues

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor Sanusi Lamido Sanusi appeared before the Senate’s Investigative Public Hearing on unremitted oil revenues, where he alleged that $20 billion is still unaccounted for. He also provided a detailed explanation about the irregularities in the accounting system of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), presenting evidence showing that NNPC, has in violation of the law and constitution, been diverting money from the Federation Account, and involving itself in activities that warrant full investigation.

In his 30-paged memorandum, Sanusi claims that:

“That NNPC, in paying what it calls kerosene subsidy, is confessing to a number of serious infractions. First, I have shown, based on NBS data, that kerosene is not a subsidised product, and, therefore, the so-called subsidy is rent generated for the benefit of those in the kerosene business. Second, I have produced evidence that President Yar’Adua had issued a presidential directive eliminating this subsidy payment as from July, 2009. Third, these huge losses inflicted on the Federation Account have not been appropriated”.

The latest revelation of massive corruption and financial malfeasance in NNPC provoked a heated debate in the 6,100-member Spaces for Change’s (S4C’s) discussion forum, generating over 300 comments. On February 4, S4C admin published the blow-by-blow account of the Committee hearing, including the CBN Governor’s memorandum and other evidential materials on its online portals and discussion forums. Reactions poured in from young Nigerians across the country and in the diaspora both in support and against the CBN’s governor’s spirited steps to entrench accountability in oil sector governance.

Here are the excerpts from the conversation:

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Open Data Initiative Launched

Spaces for Change’s Funmilayo Fakeye participated in Nigeria’s first-ever open data clinic held on January 30-31, 2014 in Abuja, Nigeria. The Clinic forms part of a series of initiatives led by the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s Ministry of Communication Technology, the World Bank, the new Code for Nigeria, Hala Nigeria initiatives and global partners to help the country better use technology to drive the national digital and information transformation agenda. 
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