Publications

Climate Change and Environmental Remediation, Top Discussions at Niger Delta Convergence Hosted by HOMEF and We the People

  Concerned by growing environmental, livelihood and climate change threats facing the Niger Delta region, civil society organizations, oil producing community members, academics and leaders drawn from the Niger Delta gathered in the city of Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital on the 23rd of June 2022 to articulate the different issues and develop a…

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Recent Interventions

OWO MASSACRE: It is Time to Secure Nigeria

Press Statement The Community of Practice Against Mass Atrocities in Nigeria, under the auspices of Nigeria Mourns, unequivocally condemns the vile atrocities committed against worshippers at the St Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State on the 5th of June 2022. We mourn these deaths as we extend our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the…

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Blog

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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Blog

‘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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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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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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Energy Democracy

“Reject PIB for Failing to Address Key Issues” Being Text of Civil Society Position at a Press Conference on Petroleum Industry Bill Held in Lagos, Nigeria.

  Distinguished ladies and Gentlemen of the Media, The current version of the Petroleum Industry Bill failed to address community, economic and environmental concerns. We have convened this briefing and dialogue to review the state of our environment including the contentious PIB. Recall that only a few days ago, Nigeria’s Federal House of Representatives passed…

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