The Federal High Court of Justice, sitting in Abuja on the 15th August, struck out the Plaintiffs suit the GMO case with suit No: FHC/ABJ/C5/846/2017 due to technicalities. The Judge in delivering his judgment said that it his opinion that although the plaintiffs have a Cause of Action in this matter, however the court’s hands are tied due to one of the objections raised by the defendants - the suit is statute barred. The suit was brought a year after the permits had been issued. According to the Judge it is a contravention of the provisions of the Public Officers Act, which states that any action instituted against a public officer as regards his/her discharge of duties must be instituted within three months, after the said breach occurred. The case was struck out not for lack of merit or lack cause of action (the court did establish a Cause of Action) but because of technicalities.
Oilwatch Africa network members, Lamu community representatives, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), community-based organisations (CBOs) met in Lamu Kenya, on 7th and 8th August, 2018 at a conference on the theme: Beyond Fossil Fuels. The conference considered the politics of fossil fuel extractions, the impacts of fossil fuels on the continent and the strategy to unlock Africa’s power using alternatives to fossil fuels energy systems that are environmentally friendly and socially just.
The maiden session of Health of Mother Earth Foundation's School of Ecology with the theme Life after Oil held on 30-31July 2018 at the organisation’s head office in Benin City, Nigeria. Life after Oil is aimed at challenging the mindset of people towards dependence on extractives and especially on the concept of energy and development based on fossil fuels. Participants learned that development is possible without harming our planet and we that economic wellbeing and progress can be achieved through respectful use of the gifts of Nature. A key focus of the school was that humans must reconnect to Nature and that a good way to do that is the platform of re-source democracy. The school particularly aimed at shifting the focus of Nigeria from fossil fuels resources and to building a vision of life beyond oil
The themes for this year’s World Environment Day and World Ocean Day are centered on beating plastic pollution and thus serve as a wakeup call for all of us to take prompt actions to protect our environment and by extension our lives.
It appears that in spite of the recent fracas between President Muhammadu Buhari and the former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, there is one issue on which they agree-that Nigeria should adopt modern biotechnology as the solution to agricultural challenges. And they are both wrong.
Health of Mother Earth Foundation Joins the World to Mark the International Day of Biodiversity and to celebrate global efforts to preserve earth’s biodiversity as this year’s International Day of Biodiversity marks the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). HOMEF calls on the Convention on Biological Diversity to step up efforts to regulate new forms of genetic engineering, including gene editing, and also ensure that parties do not pay mere lip service to the Precautionary Principle when considering the entry of new technologies that have implications for biodiversity
The Talanoa Dialogue was a facilitative dialogue proposed by the Fijian President of COP23 to reflect the ‘Pacific spirit’ of sharing stories, problem solving and wise decision-making for the collective good. The Dialogue encouraged parties to speak freely to each other on three questions about the global climate crisis: Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there? This article looks at the bright sides of the Dialogue and the sides that raise questions as well.
Statement by the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa: The GMO lobby is showing signs of desperation. Once again they are on the offensive with a major public relations push targeting East Africa, particularly Uganda, in an attempt to subvert African policy development towards their own narrow ends. Their immediate goal is to weaken national biosafety laws, thereby removing any barriers to their access to African markets for their contentious high-risk products. Specifically, they want to remove the ‘strict liability’ clauses and thereby avoid any responsibility; avoid having to pay compensation for any damage that they do; avoid labeling so that African people are prohibited from knowing if their food is genetically modified; and avoid any punishment that African laws can impose.
While Nigerians face uncertainties over food security due to incessant herders-farmers clashes, another threat is dawning on the nation without much notice. The fact that President Muhammadu Buhari just inaugurated a Food Security Council underscores the centrality of food security to the country. However, without food safety there cannot be food security. HOMEF reckons that the influx of GMOs into Nigeria and their formalization processes render applications for permit mere formalities.
The proposed Nigeria-Morocco gas pipeline has been tagged “The Wonder of Africa” but civil society groups in Africa and around the world see it as The Wounding of Africa. 40 groups calling for the project to be called off in the interest of the peoples and the planet issued this joint statement citing, among other things, the locking in of dirty energy, its global warming potential and the threat to marine ecosystems.