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EiE Nigeria | Weekly Updates – Friday, September 18, 2015

“Democracy is not just a question of having a vote. It consists of strengthening each citizen’s possibility and capacity to participate in the deliberations involved in society.”

– Fernando Cardoso

Global Legislative Openness Week (GLOW) – Tweet Meet with Desmond Elliott

September last year, the Open Government Partnership (OGP)’s Legislative Openness Working Group called on parliaments and CSOs around the world to show support for lawmaking and help advance the cause. The tremendous response from over 30 countries, collectively, resulted in the first-ever Global Legislative Openness Week (GLOW).

Activities for this year run from September 15 (International Democracy Day) to September 25. Over the next few days, EiE and its partners will host various events to mark GLOW. First off will be a tweet-meet with Desmond Elliot, the nollywood actor representing Surulere I state constituency in Lagos.

Follow @EiENigeria to participate.

Update:
We have written Senator Remi Tinubu about the shutting out of constituents at her town hall meeting on September 9th. We are expecting a formal response.

International Democracy Day

International Democracy Day is celebrated annually on September 15th.
This year, we shared some information on Nigeria’s democratic journey to date.

For example, each of the first 3 republics had one president each. For the 4th Republic that started in 1999, we have had 5 elections and 4 presidents. It is also in this republic that two former military heads of state have won elections as democratic presidents. We think this is unique to Nigeria! Or do you know any other country where this has happened?

Read the full post.

#500DaysOn: Chibok Girls – Crying To Be Rescued, Never To Be Forgotten

During a trip to Paris, President Buhari revealed that the federal government has opened talks with Boko Haram in order to secure the release of the girls. He further promised to grant amnesty to the insurgents if they release all the abducted Chibok girls.

In Borno this week, the Nigerian troops arrested 33 suspected food suppliers to the insurgents. Furthermore, scores of terrorists moved out of Sambisa forest to surrender to the Nigerian Army.

We look forward to the freedom of the girls!!

Join a gathering in your city to stand for our girls:
Abuja – Unity Fountain, Daily, 4:30 – 6pm
Lagos – Marina, Saturdays, 11am-2pm
Osogbo – Freedom Park, Sundays, 5pm

Would you like to get periodic updates? www.bbogfamily.ng

Kogi & Bayelsa Elections

State Election Type Election Date
Kogi Gubernatorial Nov. 21st, 2015
Bayelsa Dec. 5th, 2015

Voters’ registration in Kogi Bayelsa ended September 7th.
If you live in another state and would like to move your registration to Kogi or Bayelsa, you have until October 6th to do so.

You can read more about the process on INEC’s website.

Money ‘saved’ on Fuel Subsidy Removal as of September 18, 2015:

N1,460 trillion (approx. $7.338 billion)

See Details Here (PDF)

Have a great weekend!

The EiE Nigeria Team