Human Rights and Governance in COVID-19 Bulletin – Week 4

Human Rights and Governance in COVID-19 Bulletin Weekly Bulletin Tuesday 2nd June 2020 Published by the Secretariat of the Joint Action Civil Society Coalition (Nigeria Mourns)               Phase Two of Eased Lockdown The Presidential Task Force on Covid19 (PTF) announced a “Cautious advance into the second phase of the national response to COVID-19,” which …

Human Rights and Governance Bulletin Weekly Bulletin – Week 3

Human Rights and Governance Bulletin Weekly Bulletin Tuesday 26th May 2020 Safeguarding Frontline Health Workers in the fight against Covid-19 in Africa Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent after Asia with about 1.3 billion people. As at 9 am EAT, May 12, 2020, a total of 66,373 COVID-19 cases and 2,336 (CFR: 4%) deaths had been reported in …

What is Happening – Human Rights Bulletin Week 2

  Lockdowns The Federal government’s total lockdown order on the Federal Capital Territory, Lagos, and Ogun states which commenced on Monday March 30 lapsed on Monday 4th May. While not completely removed, it is being gradually eased through the introduction of guidelines for public engagements, which includes the commencement of an 8pm – 6am curfew, compulsory wearing of face masks …

OPINIONS – Human Rights and Governance Bulletin – Week 2

Covid-19: Nigerians and Disobedience Since the Federal Government’s order for the gradual easing of the lockdowns took effect in Lagos State, Ogun State as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT); shocking evidence of the failure of residence to self-adhere and comply to the guidelines have emerged in several scenarios.  The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the fight against coronavirus …

SECURITY AND HUMAN RIGHTS – Human Rights Bulletin Week 2

    Mobile Courts to Enforce Lockdown Directives The Federal Government introduced 13 mobile courts across the Federal Capital Territory to prosecute violators of the lockdown directives. Similarly, Rivers state set-up mobile courts to try lockdown violators in the state. Anambra state government is also in the process of setting-up a similar structure to arraign and prosecute persons attempting to leave …

Human Rights and Governance – Bulletin Week 2

  Preamble During his national address on Monday 27th of April, President Muhammadu Buhari directed that the 35-day lockdown order on Abuja, Lagos and Ogun states be relaxed from Monday 4th of May. As part of the modalities for the easing of the lockdown in these three states, the federal government issued new regulations, including an overnight curfew (8pm – …

BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS- Bulletin Week 2

Illegal Mining during Covid-19 27 Illegal miners comprising of 17 Chinese Nationals and 10 Nigerians (including a traditional ruler) have been arrested in Osun State. While the activities of these illegal miners have impacted on the country’s economy negatively, it has also affected the livelihood of host communities around the Osun River which has been polluted and unsafe for human …

ACCESS TO JUSTICE – Human Rights Bulletin Week 2

  Covid-19: NULAI, NBA Provide Free Legal Services for Violators of Lockdown Order The Network of University Legal Aid Institutions (NULAI) in partnership with the Nigerian Bar Association, has been providing pro-bono legal representations to lockdown offenders who are unable to afford legal services at the 13 mobile courts in the Federal Capital Territory. The Federal Capital Territory Administration had …

Turning The COVID-19 Tragedy into an Opportunity for a New Nigeria: 8 Essential steps

                  In a bid to project Nigeria towards a self-sufficient, modern and inclusive economy, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria  Godiwn Emefiele has proposed 8 essential steps to turning the tide and transforming Nigeria’s ailing economy as it currently stands and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic: Build a base of high …

BEYOND COVID-19: OTHER CHALLENGES

              Drop in the price of oil: Nigeria is faced with an existential crisis in view of the recent crashes in the price of crude oil, resulting from the end of the OPEC+ agreement and the Covid-19 pandemic. The country is particularly vulnerable as it has not fully recovered from the previous crash in …