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The Bodo 2008 Oil Spill and Its Settlement
03 Sep
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The Bodo 2008 Oil Spill and Its Settlement

On 28th August 2008 a fault in the Trans-Niger pipeline caused a significant oil spill into Bodo Creek in Ogoniland. The pipeline is the responsibility of Shell. The spill  which was due to equipment failure, resulted in tens of thousands of barrels of oil polluting the land and creek surrounding Bodo; killing the fish that people depend on for food and livelihood. Amnesty International and CEHRD investigated this spill and published several reports, including a detailed report in November 2011 (which also described a second spill at Bodo in December 2008). In 2011, after years of trying to get Shell to clean up and pay compensation, the people of Bodo began a court action in the United Kingdom (UK). A settlement has been reached by Shell and community members and compensation was paid early 2015 and to be followed by clean-up of the creek.

Environmental Knowledge Development through the Establishment of Rachel Carson Environmental Library
03 Sep
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Environmental Knowledge Development through the Establishment of Rachel Carson Environmental Library

The environmental library was established to enhance environmental knowledge development and the promotion of collaborative research, learning and information sharing amongst scholars, activists, researchers and students across the Niger Delta region and beyond. The library has paper cover books and e-books.  

The key assumption behind the establishment of the library is that researchers working on environmental issues in the Niger Delta do not have access to designated locations where up to date resource books, reports and journals can be accessed. We have therefore established the environmental library to actualize the goals of being a Centre of Excellence in environmental research, advocacy and information dissemination. 

Computers                Shelves

The library has books on Ecology, Political Ecology, Environmental Management, Earth Sciences, Hydrobiology, Human Rights, Public Health, Agriculture, Development Studies, Governance, Peace and Conflict Studies, Marine Ecology and seven desktop computers for Internet research. While it has not been formally commissioned and open to the public, some friends, colleagues and partners of CEHRD have started using it for research purposes. The library was named after Rachel Carson, in recognition of her contributions to the advancement of science and the environmental advocacy.

 

Anti-Oil Theft Campaigns and Sensitisation
03 Sep
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Anti-Oil Theft Campaigns and Sensitisation

The anti-oil theft campaigns and community sensitisation programmes focused on communities involved in illegal oil trade and artisanal refining. The objective of the campaigns and sensitisation programmes is linked to the broader objective of combating oil theft and artisanal refining through environmental and health impact community-level campaigns, trainings and awareness raising programmes.

CEHRD believes that if communities are properly sensitised, and are aware of the risks posed by oil theft and artisanal refinery to their health, environment and livelihoods, they will mop up operations through appropriate community governance mechanisms and traditional justice institutions to fight the criminal enterprise.

To this end, CEHRD produced 1000 branded t-shirts and face caps for the anti-oil theft campaign. The inscription at the back of the t-shirt reads, 'our environment is our life. Stop illegal oil bunkering'. The t-shirts were distributed to community members in fifteen communities in Rivers and Bayelsa States where training on Environmental Impact Assessment was carried out.

 

Amnesty International Training of Micro Project Participants
03 Sep
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Amnesty International Training of Micro Project Participants

CEHRD had a participatory consultative survey of stakeholders and the project participants and a baseline to ascertain the human rights needs of people in selected communities in Rivers State. Six (6) thematic areas were earmarked as a fall out of the research. A consultant was hired to carryout training in collaboration with the coordinating committee members. The 5-day induction training was held at Jennifer Hotels, Omoku on 8th - 12th September, 2014. 

The training led to the induction of Selected CBOs who became project participants and implemented the micro project in the Port Harcourt area. Project participants got in-depth knowledge of their thematic areas in relation to the regional and international human right instruments. They also acquired the knowledge to the design their micro project, as well as get acquainted with the coordinating committee.

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CEHRD Calls For A Free, Fair And Violence Free Election

‘’The Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) enjoins all voters to go out and perform their constitutional duties by voting their preferred candidate. As we hope that INEC will conduct a free and fair election today Saturday 28th March, 2015, we affirm that the political parties, their wards and different actors involved must stop this wanton display of violence at polling booths, and rather embrace peace in support of the work of the commission,’’ .

‘CEHRD calls on politicians to abide by the Wednesday, 14 January 2015 Abuja Peace Accord where 14 political parties including the APC  and PDP presidential candidates were among others who signed against political violence with such agreements subsequently signed in the states. We want to remind political party leaders, party supporters and well-meaning Nigerians, that politics is a means of enthroning custodians of the people’s common wealth, for the overall benefit of all. As such it should be played with every sense of decorum devoid of religious, ethnic and all forms of primordial sentiments.

With the heightened political atmosphere, and reported happenings nationwide as the election commences, we urge all Civil Society Organisations and the media to maintain the necessary neutrality and work towards the actualization of the Abuja Accord and other non-violence electoral peace acts towards achieving a peaceful and free and fair poll. The media and the CSOs should not be perceived as supporting a particular candidate or political party as this will only heat up the polity and spell doom for our nation, CEHRD said.

We call on the security agencies to guard the Nigerian voters and prevent violence and unnecessary waste of lives of citizens. All security measures should be employed to apprehend suspected persons and groups who are and will disturb the peace of the election and country.

CEHRD advises that electoral officer should do their best and conduct a free, fair and credible election. All voting must be done within the ambits of the law as the law prohibits the use of inflammatory languages and provocative actions or manifestation that can incite violence against another party or candidate. All must join hands to make this election a peaceful one and probably the best Nigeria will experience till date.

 

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February, 2015 Elections: CEHRD Cautions Politicians Against Violence

‘’The Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) condemns in strong term the widespread electoral violence- attacks and reprisal attacks,  inflammatory statements  in Nigeria ahead of the February general elections (of recent are the two pre-election violence where campaign Vehicles, Buildings and valuable properties worth millions of naira, belonging to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) were damaged in Jos and Port-Harcourt respectively). We vehemently condemn this politics of violence and calumny as it can only portend danger in the coming weeks. As we hope that INEC will conduct a free and fair election come February 14 and 28, 2015, we affirm that the political parties, their wards and different actors involved must stop this wanton display of violence, and rather embrace peace in support of the work of the commission,’’ .

‘CEHRD calls on politicians to abide by the Wednesday, 14 January 2015 Abuja Peace Accord where 14 political parties including the APC  and PDP presidential candidates were among others who signed against political violence with such agreements subsequently signed in the states. We want to remind political party leaders, party supporters and well-meaning Nigerians, that politics is a means of enthroning custodians of the people’s common wealth, for the overall benefit of all. As such it should be played with every sense of decorum devoid of religious, ethnic and all forms of primordial sentiments.     

With the heightened political atmosphere, permutations, recent happenings and nationwide campaigns, we urge all Civil Society Organisations and the media to maintain the necessary neutrality and work towards the actualization of the Abuja Accord and other non-violence electoral peace acts towards achieving a peaceful and free and fair poll. The media and the CSOs should not be perceived as supporting a particular candidate or political party as this will only heat up the polity and spell doom for our nation, CEHRD said.

CEHRD advises that all rallies be held at a specified venue so that the police and other security agencies can provide adequate security before and after such gatherings. Party supporters should avoid clashing in the streets to trigger violence. All campaign must be done within the ambits of the law as the law prohibits the use of inflammatory languages and provocative actions or manifestation that can incite violence against another party or candidate. All must join hands to make this election a peaceful one and probably the best Nigeria will experience till date.

 

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CEHRD Condemns the Serial Bombings in the Northern part of Nigeria and its perpetrators

‘’The Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) expresses grave displeasure at the sad bombing of yesterday, (Monday 14 April, 2014) in which over 88persons  were reportedly killed and over 200 injured in Nyanya Motor Park, Abuja. We vehemently condemn the perpetrators of this wicked and dastardly act. The killers must stop this reign of terror and wanton killings. As we commiserate with those who lost their loved ones, we affirm that this repeated senseless killings and the perpetrators are condemnable and must stop,’’ Michael Chidozie, Communications and Advocacy officer of CEHRD said.

‘’CEHRD calls on President Goodluck Jonathan to ‘employ drastic measures to halt the menace of the suspected insurgence and restore confidence in his administration’s capacity to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians through fundamental changes in the security strategy in the fight against terrorism. We are worried that inspite of huge security outfits Nigeria has, terrorism still thrives. It is the responsibility of the government to protect her citizens no matter their status. The Nigerian government must justify its huge allocation to the security sector by doing its work honestly and transparently. We therefore urge the government to overhaul the security system.’’

 

‘’The Nigerian citizens cannot get used to promises of security from this government when in actual fact lives are been maimed and people are losing their loved ones because somebody may not be doing his job well. These series of bombings that have characterized   this country must stop and this should be the last of its kind to happen.  The government, if it should be taken by its words, must come up with a drastic plan that will end this menace once and for all ’’ Chidozie added.

‘’Government should swing into action and fish out the enemies of this country and anyone aiding and abating the continuity of this spate of bombings. The findings should be made public and the perpetrators punished decisively for their crime against humanity. The law must have its sway over them. People must feel secured and duly protected as they go about their lawful duties. We once again condemn these inhuman acts in totality as there is no justification for the brazen murder of citizens of this country, Nigeria. The perpetrators and those behind this must stop. Life is sacred and must be protected as such.’’

 

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CEHRD Condemns Incessant Arrests of Journalists by Security Operatives

The Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) condemns the yesterday (Wednesday, 9th April, 2014) arrest of Iheanacho Nwosu, an editor of The Sun newspaper. The victim was reportedly arrested about 12.00noon yesterday at the venue of the ongoing National Conference in Abuja. Journalist Nwosu was said to have reported the shameful fiscuff between operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) also called State Security Services (SSS), Nigeria’s secret police and officers of the conventional police attached to the conference’ Michael Chidozie, Communication and Advocacy Officer of CEHRD said.

‘CEHRD recalls with condemnation too, twelve days ago (Friday , 28th March, 2014) police officers accused of acting on the orders of Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, abducted Wabara Ebere, another editor of The Sun newspaper from his residence in Lagos, South-West Nigeria to Abia State in the South–East.

‘CEHRD is gravely worried by these fragrant violations of Journalists’ rights to carry out their lawful duties. A Journalist should be allowed to carry out his social responsibility of holding government and its officials and others accountable for their actions and inactions. By so doing our democracy would grow. But these new waves of organised attacks on press freedom are condemnable. The security operatives should not re-enact the infamous reign of impunity and fear’ Chidozie added.

 

 

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CEHRD calls for stoppage of gas flaring in the Niger Delta

The Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) joins the world as it marks the world environment day, asking the federal  government of Nigeria to immediately stop gas flaring in the Niger Delta region.’ Michael Chidozie, Communication and Advocacy Officer of CEHRD said.

‘The theme of this year’s world environment day is: ‘Raise your voice, not the sea level’; emphasizing protection for small island developing states who are at the risk of being submerged by sea level rise due to climate change. 

It is estimated that if greenhouse gases emissions continue to rise through this century, polar ice will be thrown into unstoppable melting circle that will raise sea level by more than 7 meters.  CEHRD recalls with anxiety that, save for  the eastern flanks of the Niger Delta,  where it is 10-15m above sea level, most of the Delta is less than 6m above sea level. This implies that the predicted 7 m rise in sea level will submerge greater part of the Niger Delta.

CEHRD notes with sadness that in the face of increasing vulnerability of the Niger Delta to climate change driven flooding and submersion, gas flaring in the Niger Delta contributes significantly to global climate change. On a daily bases, Nigeria flares about 2.4 billion standard cubic feet of associated gas from oil fields in the Niger Delta, amounting to approximately 16 percent of global emissions.

CEHRD strongly condemns the increasing shrinkage of mangroves of the Niger Delta due mainly to crude oil spillages. Other causes of depletion of Niger Delta mangroves include land reclamation, uncontrollable dredging activities, unsustainable exploitation for fuel wood, etc. Mangroves of the Delta are the first line of defence of the coastal communities against ocean surges and storms. Thus, depletion of the Delta mangroves exacerbates the regions floods vulnerability.

The government should stop the conversion of swamp and wetlands for different developmental projects, as these ecosystems are the kidneys of the landscapes. They act as sinks for run-off waters, recharge ground water aquifers and control flooding, Chidozie warns.