Environmental Activist Nnimmo Bassey Leads 'Occupy Nigeria ' Protest In Benin City Over Gasoline Subsidy

By SaharaReporters, New York

The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), and its chair, Nnimmo Bassey, in solidarity with civil society groups under the aegis of Coalition to Save Nigeria, staged a public protest through Benin city in a show of opposition to the removal of the petrol subsidy by the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.

The coalition of civil society groups in Edo State includes the Nigerian Bar Association, Nigerian Union of Journalists, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA),Bike Riders Association of Nigeria, market women and students among others.

“For ERA/FoEN, the decision to remove the so-called subsidy is totally objectionable and smacks of insensitivity to the genuine wishes of the Nigerian people which is that government must make the refineries work and probe the cabal that they say exists in the petroleum sector,” the group stated in a press release.

Bassey challenged the notion of subsidy, pointing out,"it is the community people living side-by-side the oil fields and the Nigerian environment that actually subsidizes the cost of crude and refined products."

He disputed the government’s claim that the central purse subsidizes the cost of petroleum products.

ERA/FoEN believes the policy will bring untold hardship on Nigerians, and demands an immediate reversal.

 

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Re: FUEL SSUBSIDY MUST GO

@Obonin Daddy: Well, what is good for the goats is equally good for the fish and frogs...from the foregoing debate on this issue we have seen how the aborigines have refused to understand that Nigeria is greater than any one of us. But they have cling to their own, watch the debate and see that no Bayelsan has spoken against the issue of fuel subsidy removal.
I can understand that blood is thicker than water, we have seen how Jonathan came out vehemently to exonerate MEND from the bombs they detonated in Baylsa (the president's house) and Abuja on first of October sometime ago. Now is a payback period for the bothers in putting hardship on Nigerians.

Re: In 2010 at a public hearing...2

What do you do, nothing in as much as you could are afraid of losing your juicy seat...We can understand what is going on.
Like I earlier said we need progressive leaders, Emirs, religious people and you have taken sides - the opposite and we have noted.

Re: In 2010 at a public hearing...

@Sanusi: It baffles me when you compare incomparable issues in order to deceive us. How can a sane person compare first world economies (still advancing) with third world (failing) economies? You very well know the agriculture subsidy being paid to farmers in America, the social security allowances given to unemployed in the western and American states, the child disability allowances for any child that is considered disabled. The GDP in those countries you foolishly sighted are no where near to what obtains here, the economies you chose to use as an example are production oriented while we are consumption oriented, your kind of people are robbing us in unison with the cabal you pointed out that are the beneficiary of fuel subsidy instead of you people to apprehend and prosecute.

FUEL SSUBSIDY MUST GO

If labour Union, Trade Union Congress, Medical Doctors, Nigerian Bar Association and all the Goats and Cows likes, they should go to the street and protest, what remains significantly resolved its that, our dear Nation can not afford to feed fewer cows and goats to the detriment of our future, we have operated on this subsidy regime and we can not continue to impoverish our Economy to betterment of a few, enough is enough. if Labour wants Fuel subsidy to remain, then Labour should use the money it collects as dues to pay the money of the subsidy and all Nigerians will clap hands for Labour maybe we may also create a country for them. FUEL SUBSIDY MUST GO.

IF GEJ IS A GAMBLE

Only fools who reasons like women with no breast milk in their breast reason the way you Anony do. if GEJ had no shoes to go school with during his time, dont you think that he is trying to tell you and me that their hope for every Nigerian. i want to also ask you to find your facts very clearly before leaving your mushroom apartments to the public to open your gutter mouth. Nigeria never had any savings before the inception of this administration, check your facts you moron

your father

I guess your father is among, come and say dis in public, mumu

@ wale

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shame

Its rili sad!...even within the niger delta u all can't even hold your water!,,,,its such a shame!....pointing fingers up and down!...without proffering any solution whatsoever!...its such a shame

GEJ ,DON'T MIND THEM, THEY'LL GET TIRED & DISPERSE

I say to GEJ don't mind the stupid protesters and their dishonest & corrupt sponsors.Be strong & don't ever flinch in your decision to remove the nation-crippling subsidy.Most of them are ignorant cowards.They're trying to mimick honest protesters in the western countries.Given that their protests are dishonest, history shows that they will chicken out.Just give them a week.They will jump up & down a few days & when they are hungry, I bet you they will disperse.I commend and support GEJ for the bold decision. Nothing good comes easy.Many other developed countries passed through periods of difficulty and sacrifice.They are all the better for it now.

great nigeria aka tundemash-bottom medium now or never,

Chief Awolowo had in 1951, in a speech he delivered at Aba, insisted that we should go to our regions and intergrate with our people first, rather than dissipate energy in mass unity for Nigeria. An endeavour he said would entail many years of futile work. He went on to say that tribal unity as a prelude to a national unity in what he called the (bottom medium)is what was needed to move the nation forward. Methinks he was right in his assertion. We are wasting time with each other talking about nothing. My hope is for us to be free one day. Dont we have Arigbo Ijaws in Ekiti and Ondo? Sad that 51yrs after Awo made that remark, we are asking GEJ to move over to bayelsa state from aso rock. To relive his life with the socalled nude women we saw in ekiti during the election re-run. The Ijaws are not afraid to secede. We tried it before biafra. The Ijaws would not be in 9ja if we had listened to the pleas of the Brits in 1954. Its never too late to say good bye sha! animals

@great nigeria-aka tundemash--you must be a sick.

Chief Awolowo had in 1951, in a speech he delivered at Aba, insisted that we should go to our regions and intergrate with our people first, rather than dissipate energy in mass unity for Nigeria. An endeavour he said would entail many years of futile work. He went on to say that tribal unity as a prelude to a national unity in what he called the (bottom medium)is what was needed to move the nation forward. Methinks he was right in his assertion. We are wasting time with each other talking about nothing. My hope is for us to be free one day. Dont we have Arigbo Ijaws in Ekiti and Ondo? Sad that 51yrs after Awo made that remark, we are asking GEJ to move over to bayelsa state from aso rock. To relive his life with the socalled nude women we saw in ekiti during the election re-run. The Ijaws are not afraid to secede. We tried it before biafra. The Ijaws would not be in 9ja if we had listened to the pleas of the Brits in 1954. Its never too late to say good bye sha! animals

In 2010 at a public hearing

In 2010 at a public hearing in the House of Reps on the 25pct saga I alerted the nation of what I considered a potential big scam around subsidies and urged for its removal. No one paid attention. The economics is very clear to me. That it is unpopular is also understandable. The British public is unhappy with Tory budget cuts. The Greeks went on riot over austerity. Italian parliamentarians came to blows before Berlusconi was thrown out of office. The US congress is yet to approve Obama’s tax increases.
Economic decisions-by definition-ALWAYS must involve a cost or an opportunity cost since for them to qualify as economic they must involve a choice in resource allocation among competing uses.

Why didn't NLC protest against Oil Spill in the Niger Delta

Where was NLC when the Niger Deltans where massacred. Where is the NLC and Civil Rights group when the Niger Delta environment as the Niger Delta environment and means of livelihood is threatened by oil spills? Only Lagos and Abuja enjoys fuel subsidy so it is understandable that the protest will be effective on in these two cities and its environment.

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Occupy Nigeria

We are also aware that he did not know what to do with the soaring profit he made in a country that can not boast of a full functioning Refinery. The issue here is not wheat or Grain but subsidy in the Oil industry.
Subsidies are measure used to encourage the sale of exports; subsidies on some foods to keep down the cost of living, especially in urban areas; and subsidies to encourage the expansion of farm production and achieve self-reliance in food production.
Subsidies can also be regarded as a form of protectionism or trade barrier by making domestic goods and services artificially competitive against imports.
Again, the high cost of petroleum products in Nigeria today is certainly not the result of with or without subvention, but totally a failure in coordination and structure.

Occupy Nigeria

The issue here is not removal of subsidy but the high cost of running the Government and corruption of people in power.
If Nigeria as the 6th major Oil producing Nations on earth can not boost of two or three functioning Refineries, then something is wrong somewhere.
A subsidy (also known as a subvention) is an assistance paid to a business or economic sector. Most subsidies are made by the government to producers or distributors in an industry to prevent the decline of that industry e.g., as a result of continuous unprofitable operations.
The Nigeria Oil industry does not in any way fall in this definition. e regarded as a form of protectionism or trade barrier by making domestic goods and services artificially competitive against imports.
Again, the high cost of petroleum products in Nigeria today is certainly not the result of with or without subvention, but totally a failure in coordination and structure.

edo riot

I hope d enfant terible of edo state,the one n only Oshi Omo Ole(rubbish son of a thief) who is d gov d turncoat comrade Gov dat has now become come rob will not sabotage d pples protest. I believe u will b one of d casualties of dis struggle insha Allau

fools and illiterates support gov on tribal sentiments

Deri and co condemning Yoruba for protesting against jonathan are just foolish and stupid. Which tribe protested against Obasanjo or criticized his gov more than the Yorubas or the Egbas, yorubas protest against bad governance irrespective of his tribe or status or lineage. It is only in Ijaw land that a governor disguised as a woman and escaped from detention in London can receive a rousing welcome with drums and traditional rulers in attendance. Yorubas always condem and burn thieves regardless of their tribes they dont give them chieftancy titles like it is done in Ijaw land or engage in nude protest to prevent the arrest of wanted international thief. Ask obasanjo, bode george, gbenga daniel and others like them.

A revolution!

A revolution!

@Deri: Otuoke people would soon have Animal Jonathan back

Deri, if you like post all your nonsense under Anonymous and other fake names, we know your signature.
You are no ijaw more than the Nnimmo Bassey. What has Jonathan done for the Ijaw people other than reward Justice Auta for the killing of Saro Wiwa. Even ethnic bigot Edwin Clark has given up on him or when last did u hear Edwin Clark speak? The bling-wearing CAN impostor Ayo Oritsejafor is still dazed he can't speak yet. The shoeless people he left at the creeks would now have their clothes removed too by this oil-subsidy removal policy. But i will appeal to the people at OTUOKE to be a little patient, in a few months they would have Jonathan back either in a cage or ghadafi-style.

you are very foolish and daft

you are very foolish and daft for raising an out of point issue here. We are trying to tackle injustice and all you could conjure out is that the Niger-Delta feeds other parts of the nation. It goes to point out how myopic you are, idiot......you can go ahead and start drinking the oil if that will make you happy.

READ THIS: THIS SUBSIDY MUST GO

http://www.proshareng.com/news/15923

READ EVERYTHING TILL THE END.

let the subsidies go now

Nothing could be more devastating if the President should change his mind on fighting the cabal which has for generations, gouged so much money out of the Nigerian coffers, hoping that no one would notice. Finally, we now have a non-conformist Finance Minister who has had enough, and is prepared to call a spade a spade. As I have written severally, I am in full support of the President's decisions. And as an economist, this decision couldn't have come any sooner. How we've been able to sustain dolling out approximately $8-Billion US Dollars each year from our CBN Reserves to pay for something which we own in the first place, defies normal logic. That we shall ship 275,000 barrels of unpaid crude oil out of our shores daily to neighbouring countries to be refined at refineries probably owned by fellow Nigerians, and end up paying for the same crude as imports, and then released through the same marketeers who control our domestic distribution chains, and possibly own these refineries.,

Indian Firm to control the

Indian Firm to control the Port Harcourt Refinery. Just the same way I feel about the Rivers State Government leasing out the management of the Presidential Hotel to the Lebanese. What is wrong with us as a nation? Do we hate ourselves this much that our policymakers feel that there are not enough qualified Nigerians with sound entrepreneurial skills to manage our own establishments? What actually is wrong with us as a nation? Why can't we trust in our own abilities to manage our affairs without inviting outsiders to intercede on our behalf?

What we have done for far too

What we have done for far too long has been to create a lucrative Corporate Welfare for the well-connected in our midst, probably protected by high-powered Lagos Lawyers like Femi Falana who would do anything to protect his pocket book. I fully support the President in his decisions to remove this Corporate Welfare culture from draining our reserves. If anything, we should use this money we give out to these thieves to refurbish our refineries, and bring them to full capacity production. Additionally, there is no need for an Indian Firm to control the Port Harcourt Refinery. Just the same way I feel about the Rivers State Government leasing out the management of the Presidential Hotel to the Lebanese.

Occupy Shell

Fello Nigerins,
Be advised that Occupy LA from next week will be organising an occupation of shell facilities in Los Angeles until shell cleans up the oil spills in the creeks.

yes Jona had no shoes-so let his zone go

Yes Jona had no shoes and promised us heaven and earth. But he cannot deliver to those who had shoes on their legs before lord lugard left. So all his ppl are asking from you is to allow them fly their flag at the UN. You can stay with your wise men-but let his people go--Indonesia use to be one country before now-Its now split into two-East Timor, is now a free country. It has been separated from Indonesia-Malaysia was one with Singapore. They are two nations today. They have been divided into two separate countries-Malaysia and Singapore-what is Nigeria waiting for? If its not fuel subsidy, its about boko haram bombing or maitasine-the entire country is in a mess-because all are depending on the resources of the ppl of the niger delta to survive in the 36 states of the federation. For how long--will the niger delta continue to feed the rest of nigeria? How can you feed your someone until he is 51yrs old-and yet refuse to fend for himself for a day?

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