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Cut and run – Pollute, don’t pay. Big Oil has perfected its playbook in the Niger Delta and is now looking to walk away.

By Ken Henshaw First published on New Internationalist The two largest transnational oil companies operating in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, Shell and ExxonMobil, are packing up and leaving. Both companies have announced separate plans to sell off their assets as soon as they find buyers and to leave the Niger Delta, where they have extracted crude…

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Recent Interventions

Nigerian Lives Matter: A Call to the Federal Government of Nigeria to Fulfil its Primary Constitutional Responsibility of Securing the Nation

Press Statement Issued by Civil Society Organisations Across Nigeria We, as civil society organisations and citizen groups across Nigeria note with concern the worsening state of insecurity in Nigeria. We, therefore, call on the government to take urgent steps to fulfil its constitutional responsibility of protecting lives and property as enunciated in Section 14 (2)…

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‘Oil companies owe a debt to the lives destroyed’

  In this interview, Ken Henshaw explains why Nigerians are demanding reparations for over 60 years of Shell oil extraction   (First published on Open Democracy) Ken Henshaw is the executive director of We the People, a non-governmental organisation based in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Henshaw works closely with local communities to expand civic engagement and…

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NIGER- DELTA, MOST POLLUTED REGION IN THE WORLD—GROUP

Society Organisations, Health Of Mother Earth Foundation, HOMEF, and ‘We The People’ have said that the Niger-Delta region of Nigeria is the most polluted region in the world. The groups called on stakeholders in the oil sector to take action on the ongoing divestments from onshore assets. Rising from their advocacy program on Saturday, March…

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Why Nigeria’s Corruption Problem is Not Going Anywhere Soon

By Kehinde Ogunyale of We the People’s Communication Team  The latest Corruption Perceptions Index ranking by global anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International has placed Nigeria as the second most corrupt country in West Africa. Nigeria tops the list of 15 most corrupt countries in the region. Transparency International revealed that Nigeria scored 24 out of 100…

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Recent Interventions

Why Nigeria’s Corruption Problem is Not Going Anywhere Soon

  By Kehinde Ogunyale of We the People’s Communication Team  The latest Corruption Perceptions Index ranking by global anti-corruption watchdog, Transparency International has placed Nigeria as the second most corrupt country in West Africa. Nigeria tops the list of 15 most corrupt countries in the region. Transparency International revealed that Nigeria scored 24 out of…

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Environment & Climate Change

We the People Hosts Community Delegation from Senegal, Plan West African Climate Justice Movement

On the 13thof December 2021, We the People hosted a delegation of community activists and climate justice campaigners from Senegal in its Port Harcourt office. The exchange visit which is part of We the People’s plan to collaboratively establish a West Africa Climate Justice Movement, provided an opportunity for climate and environmental activists from both…

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Human Rights

left to die: forgotten street children of calabar

This is an investigative Report by We the People into the drivers and circumstances of over 500 children who live on the streets of Calabar. The females are called ‘Lacasera girls’, a reference to their availability for sexual activities at the cost of a Lacasera drink. The boys are called ‘Skolombo’ roughly translating crackhead or…

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Energy Democracy

How REDD+, Corporate Land Grab and Government Policies are Driving the Destruction of Nigeria’s Remaining Forests

This new report by We the People examines how the promise of ‘carbon credits’ through REDD+ has led to the commodification of the largest remaining forests in Nigeria and motivated government revocation of the land rights of forest dependent communities. This has in turn, resulted in unprecedented poverty, abuses and destitution. It also shows how…
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Environment & Climate Change

NNPC’s Push for Resumption of Oil Extraction in Ogoniland is Insensitive and Irresponsible-Text of We the People Press Conference.

  On the 20th of August 2021, following an Appeal Court ruling denying Shell ownership and access to OML 11 mostly located around the area of the Ogoni ethnic nationality, and handing same over to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, a statement from the NNPC has instructed the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, NPDC to immediately…

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Environment & Climate Change

Living with Oil: We the People Presents Finding of Research on Impacts of Oil Extraction on Communities

Following extensive research conducted by We the People on the negative impacts of oil extraction on communities of the Niger Delta, a validation town hall meeting was held in Port Harcourt on the 23rd of August, 2021. The meeting which brought together stakeholders from various oil and gas producing communities across the region, featured narratives…

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