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Higlights/List of activities 2012

Please find below more detailed information about selected activities carried out in 2012. Feel free to contact us for more information.


2012 Africa Industrialization Day

Although Nigeria records strong economic growth, unemployment is high and not enough jobs are created for a rapidly growing population. Research is neglected, productivity is low, agriculture and manufacturing are confined to small farms and workshops. The costs of production are high – not least because every producer needs to produce his own power. UNIDO and UNCTAD, in their 2011 report on “Economic Development in Africa” therefore classify Nigeria as an economy that is “falling behind”. Read more


Democratizing Nigeria’s Foreign Policy: SIRA holds second annual forum

SIRA Annual Forum 2012The Society for International Relations Awareness (SIRA) held its second annual forum and book launch on October 31, 2012 at Protea Hotel, Abuja. The event featured a lecture by His Excellency Dr. Sule Lamido, Executive Governor of Jigawa State and Minister of Foreign Affairs in the first administration of President Obasanjo (1999-2003). His reflections on “Challenges of Foreign Policy Making and Implementation in Nigeria: An Insider’s Perspective”. Read more


Improving Legislative Engagement between Nigeria Labour Congress and the National Assembly

NASS NLC Legislative Engagement Uyo 2012Labour rights are human rights – and social security and decent work contribute to a country’s development. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Nigeria therefore invited the House of Representatives‘ Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity and the Nigeria Labour Congress to a two day workshop on “Improving Legislative Engagement between Nigeria Labour Congress and the National Assembly” in Uyo, from October 3-4, 2012. Read more


Appeal the ICJ’s decision on Bakassi: To be or not to be?

SIRA NASS Bakassi 2012On September 19, 2012, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, National Assembly, Nigeria, in collaboration with the Society for International Relations Awareness (SIRA) organised an expert debate on the “Maritime Boundaries of Nigeria and the Future of Bakassi”. Read more



Organizing workers across borders

BWI conference 2012 AbujaThe second Building and Wood Workers International (BWI) Africa & Middle East Regional Conference was held in Abuja from 4-6 September, 2012.

In terms of organising, the increasingly fragmented labour market poses a challenge to BWI to secure basic rights for workers in their industries. Read more


Tackle insecurity in the 2015 general elections

INEC Workshop in Abuja 2012The 2011 general elections in Nigeria were adjudged to be the freest and fairest in the history of the country. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had made unprecedented efforts to improve the security situation at elections, especially through the formation of the Interagency Consultative Committee on Elections Security (ICCES) after a joint INEC-FES workshop in October 2010. Read more


Strengthen Nigerian Labour Movement

May Day Rally 2012Heavy rain outside and intensive discussion inside: Trade unionists from all over the country attended the Rain School in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State. Experienced Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) officials taught the over 100 participants in various courses from the 23-27 of July, 2012. The School is one of the fundamental pillars of the NLC’s educational programme and is supported by FES Nigeria. The aim was to train unionists in political and organizational issues to strengthen the labour movement through education. This year’s overall topic was “Labour, Popular Power and the Quest for a new Nigeria”.


Tackle Nigeria’s insecurity

Workshop on Tackle Nigeria insecurity Jos 2012To tackle Nigeria’s security challenges and to provide practical solutions, FES Nigeria in cooperation with the National Defence College (NDC) aims to strengthen the capacity of the Nigeria Network on Security & Democratic Governance (NINSED). NINSED is a network of civil society organizations, associations, institutions and individuals actively involved in the reform and democratic governance of the security sector in Nigeria. Read more

Trade Unions in Germany: Organisation, Environment, Challenges By Heiner Dribbusch and Peter Birke May, 2012

May Day Symposium holds in Abuja

Workers Day Symposium 2012The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Abdulwahed Ibrahim Omar, bemoaned the bad security situation in the country. To tackle this issue, he recommended that the government should increase the fight against the social causes of crime and terrorism like unemployment, missing food security and a bad education system. Omar’s demand was part of this year’s Pre-May Day Symposium with the topic: “Right to Work, Food & Education: Panacea to Insecurity” organized by the NLC/TUC.

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Nigerian President visits Germany: Terror threats and trade ties


Berlin wirbt um "Afrikas gefesselten Riesen“: FES-Landesvertreter Thomas Mättig im Interview mit der Deutschen Welle

High-ranking Labour Delegation visits Berlin

NLC in Germany March 2012Labour Union in Germany March 2012

A high-ranking delegation of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has visited Berlin upon invitation of the FES from March 27-29, 2012. Read more

African Media Barometer Nigeria launched

2011 African Media Barometer Launch LagosNigeria’s media has played a crucial role in forging the unity of the country and in strengthening democracy. But it faces massive challenges such as the poor working conditions of journalists, corruption and lack of independence of state broadcasters.

Eleven experts from academia, media, civil society organizations and trade unions critically assessed the media situation in Nigeria, using the scoring system of the FES African Media Barometer (AMB). Read more

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