LITE-Africa is Calling YOU To ACT on the VPs!

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SIGN ON at left to persuade the Nigerian Government
to sign on to the Voluntary Principles!1


Background:

The Niger Delta region is home to an estimated 20 million people with approximately 300 urban and rural communities and more than 40 different ethnic groups speaking 250 different languages. Since 1975, crude oil reserves in the Niger Delta has accounted for 90% of Nigeria‘s export earnings, yet it remains one of the most under-developed regions in Nigeria. The region has experienced many years of conflict due to years of neglect and poverty ravaging the people of the region, which is all directly linked to the extractive industry. Furthermore, the use of excessive force by private security operatives hired by the oil companies to deal with issues of vandalization, theft and militancy encouraged human rights violations and reduced the efficiency of corporate governance in the Niger Delta.

Unfortunately, the Nigerian government is still undecided on whether or not to sign on to the Voluntary Principles. There is thus the need to streamline the issues around the VPs with a view of achieving a national appreciation and understanding of the VPs on the one hand and encouraging the Nigerian government to take an informed position based on justifiable facts that the VPs will be beneficial to peace and stability in Nigeria. 

This Call to Action will enable LITE-Africa and its coalition partners to get enough signatures to pressure the National Assembly to ACT.
Please SIGN at Left to show the National Assembly that the VPs need to be signed and implemented for peace and stability in the region.


What Are the VPs?

The Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights (VPs) is a multi-stakeholders initiative involving governments, companies and international NGOs that promote the implementation of a set of principles that guide oil, gas and mining companies to provide security for their operations in a manner that respects human rights. For more information on the VPs, please visit: http://www.voluntaryprinciples.org/ or take a look at our basic reader HERE

For more information on this project, please click here

[1] An AusAID funded project implemented by the Leadership Initiative for Transformation and Empowerment (LITE-Africa) - A Call to Action: Engaging all Stakeholders on the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights

Why should the Nigerian Government Sign on to the VPs?

The implementation of the VPs is largely a failure in Nigeria with ongoing conflict between security forces and community members.

Here is a list of the benefits to the Nigerian Government signing on to VPs:

To Communities-

  • Risk assessments and security planning will be much more in touch with the realities on the ground and identify the root causes of conflict oImproved security officers and community relationship

  • Effective and efficient response to human rights abuses To Companies

  • Reduction in production delays, which could lead to improved profit margin oMaintenance of the ‘Social License to Operate’

  • Enhancement of Company reputation

  • Reduces vandalism of oil installations

To the Government-

  • Conducive environment for investment and economic growth Lasting peace and security in the communities Enhances professionalism of public security agencies

  • It will force companies to incorporate the VPs in their security and project agreements with the Nigerian Government; hence they will be held liable for human rights abuses

Sign ON at left!

What do you think about the VPs? Comment below!

WE URGE ALL CITIZENS TO SIGN ON TO LET THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT KNOW THAT IT IS HIGH TIME FOR THEM TO SIGN ON TO THE VOLUNTARY PRINCIPLES!!!

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