Effective Natural Resource Governance in Nigeria Achievements and Results (Ebonyi, Ekiti and Taraba States)
The Project Strengthening civic engagement and advocacy for effective natural resource governance in Nigeria, was developed to improve citizens (state and non-state actors) involvement and participation in the governance of natural resources in Nigeria. The following results were recorded during the implementation of the first phase of the project:
- The intervention in Taraba State influenced the creation of a Ministry responsible solely for solid minerals by the state government. Before the intervention, solid minerals department was subsumed under the State Ministry of Environment.
- Formation and establishment of Magakap Co-operative established in Ngoroje Community of Sardauna Local Government of the State. The registration of the Co-operative with the State Ministry of Commerce and Industry was finalized November 2018 as part of effort towards formalization. Three other co-operatives including the Mambila Mining co-operative have registered and gone ahead to formalize their engagement with the MMSD by registering with the ASM office in Abuja.
- In Gashaka, Taraba State, one of the trained mined got grant approval from the Central Bank of Nigeria through the Directorate of Employment to boost his mining activities. He also registered his own company (WEZAN multipurpose company) with the mining Cadastre office to obtain a small-scale mining lease.
- Centre LSD through the project, influenced the creation of miners database by the Ministry of Solid Minerals in Ebonyi State, who before the intervention were having issues organizing the miners. The Ministry said “getting them to speak to us was a major challenge. We are happy with your coming and this obviously will help us in reaching out to them”.
- The intervention also influenced the creation of a regular dialogue session with Miners, Companies and Traditional Rulers in Ebonyi State.
- Ameri Miners Co-operative in Agalegu Ndifu Alike in Ebonyi State was established in the project’s community of focus.
- Artisanal miners and some elders in Agalegu Ndifu Alike community now have improved skill for negotiation with the management of Royal Salt Company, the major mining company in the community to respect the spirit and letters of the Community Development Agreement (CDA), entered between the company and the community. As a result, Royal Salt on account of this engagement provided employment to 355 youths of the community, constructed their roads and gave scholarship to 5 of the community youths in higher institution and opened a N600,000 annual education endowment fund.
- In Ekiti State the miners formed and established two major Co-operatives, Ekiti State Alliance Gems Miners Association and Ijero Feldspar Miners Multi-Purpose Co-operative Society.
- The intervention brought better relationship between the Ekiti State government and the miners. With the coming of Kayode Fayemi as Governor, the relationship has further improved.
- The Ekiti State government also developed a database of miners on account of the intervention. They meet every Tuesday of the week. For ease of communication, the Ekiti State Governor appointed a liaison officer to be liaising with the miners from time to time.
- The intervention also influenced Miners adherence and respect for the content of Community Development Agreement – They built a 3 block of classroom and provided a borehole for Ijero community.
- Centre LSD advocacy and campaign with other Civil Society Groups influenced the passage by the 8th National Assembly the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill.
Voice to the People (V2P)
The V2P project is a voice and accountability project that empowered the poor and marginalized to hold duty bearers to account to achieve service delivery. The project focus was; Health, Education, Agriculture and Infrastructure. Centre LSD led the National level advocacy, ensured state and national level linkages (even international) and strengthened the capacity of partners. Key results of the project were;
- Capacity enhancement of implementing partners on key programming areas vide Centre LSD trainings.
- Centre LSD researches on the policy process and procedures brought and offered policy recommendations to the issues affecting the poor and marginalized group in Anambra State to the fore.
- The eleven (11) research reports on budget, procurement, due process, internally generated revenue, Paris club refund, bailout funds, southeast regional development, southwest regional development, and Local Government Elections Manual provided evidence that fed the advocacy and buy-in by influential stakeholders’ and ensured their involvement and engagement with the project
- Centre LSD influenced the adoption of the V2P model and replication by other African Civil Society Organization in their clime through sharing of the V2P model in fora, particularly at the CIVICUS World Assembly.
- Sharing of the V2P model also influenced the formation of a Civil Society Hub for expansive learning on replication for an effective Civil Society Voice in Africa.
- Centre LSD skills training brought to fore the effectiveness of community organization in the monitoring of community projects. Group like the Community Empowerment Network (COMEN) became better organized and effectively monitored projects in their respective communities.
- Centre LSD advocacy to Traditional rulers’ and other influential citizens from Anambra State, empowered and influenced their engagements with government officials to take up the V2P issues. This also emboldened COMEN in carrying out their activities at the grass root.
Side by Side Faith Movement for Gender Justice
The Side by Side Movement is an initiative made up of people of faith, traditional leaders and faith-based organizations (FBOs) across the world committed to partnering together to challenge barriers to gender justice. The movement is functions in many parts of the world, including Africa, and in May 2018, the West Africa Chapter was flagged off in Ghana to pave way for the launch of national chapters in the West Africa sub-region including Nigeria.
Centre LSD is the Nigerian secretariat of the movement. The 11-person Steering Committee saddled with the responsibility of driving the movement in Nigeria include:
- Prof. Mustafa Ismail Hussein: Co-Chair
- Rev. Dr. Israel Akanji: Co-Chair
- Imam Onike Abdulazeez: Member
- Hadjia Halima Jibril: Member
- Pst. Dr. Mrs. Mabel O. Sowoolo: Member
- Prof James O. I. Ayatse (Tor Tiv): Member
- Bishop Kingsley Enakhirere: Member
- Prof (Mrs.) Joy Ezeilo: Member
- Mrs. Leah Solomon: Member
- Barr. Mariya Haruna Dogondaji : Member
- Dr. Otive Igbuzor : Member
The movement was launched formally in Nigeria and members of the movement committed to promoting gender justice in Nigeria through;
- Awareness raising by encouraging Faith leaders to interpret scriptures to promote gender justice as recorded in the sacred texts without discrimination against women.
- Partnership through information sharing about existing work by faith leaders on development issues to address gender justice.
- Capacity building of faith leaders to address development and gender justice issues.
- Advocacy and Campaign for gender justice issues at the local, national and global levels. Members recognize that the National Gender Policy can be a good tool for advocacy.
- Platform for engagement for people of faith and tradition to engage in open debate on gender justice issues.
- Research and evidence to build evidence for gender justice issues. The reports of the research will be disseminated to faith and traditional leaders to use in promoting gender justice.
- Amplify the voice of faith leaders and faith-based organisation in Nigeria for gender justice to hold elected leaders accountable on gender issues.
- Build and promote champions of gender justice from faith-based organisation.
- Members agreed to develop principles, priorities and action plans for addressing gender justice in Nigeria.
The Nigerian chapter has commissioned a research to look at the theological perspectives to gender justice in Nigeria to examine the relationship between religion and gender justice in Nigeria from a theological perspective.