Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Nigerian Oil Subsidy Removal Cross Party Opposition Emerge!
New Coalition of Law Makers opposed to Oil Subsidy Removal Emerge:
A coalition of lawmakers cutting across party lines yesterday started mobilisation against President Jonathans oil subsidy removal, cutting across political parties, notable names include Babafemi Ojudu and Babajide Omowoware of the ACN in alliance with a number of CPC APGA and PDP lawmakers.
Senator Ojudu called on Nigerian workers and civil society to start mobilising by resisting proposed removal of oil subsidy, also during President Jonathans budget presentation Lawmaker Dauda Kako Are of ACN representing Mushin Federal Constituency fired the first salvo, protesting proposed oil subsidy removal as President Jonathan made his presentation."If we look at details of GEJ'S budget & find oil subsidy removal, we shall stop it" House Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila. Lawmakers position is contrary to that of Governors of the 36 states of the federation including, ACN-CPC-APGA-LABOUR backing removal of oil subsidy
Kayode Ogundamisi is a commentator on Nigerian and international affairs, he was involved in the Nigerian pro-democracy struggle, Ogundamisi survived a trumped-up charge of treasonable offence against the military government of General Babangida, he was detained in Jos prison in 1991 and released after intensive local and international campaigns against the government charging him and 12 other students before a military tribunal. Ogundamisi was a frontline member of the National Association of Nigerian Student and a former secretary general of the University of Jos Students Union in Nigeria and the O'dua People’s Congress.
Ogundamisi currently shuttles between his base in The United Kingdom and his Country of Birth Nigeria where he runs a programme on self-empowerment. He is the convener of the Liberty Forum UK and his involved in engaging local communities and community and social empowerment.
He graduated with a B.SC in Political Science from University of Jos. The Nigerian Institute of Journalism and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Ogun State University and Masters in International Relations from the London Metropolitan University. He is a volunteer campaigns fellow for the German human rights group IMRV Bremen.
Ogundamisi was appointed by the UK government as a board member of the United Kingdom Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) a position he held for 3 years. Ogundamisi is very active on the social media, with his commentary blog "The Canary" under the twitter handle @ogundamisi and he writes sporadic independent op-ed articles for major Nigerian media outlets.
Ogundamisi is the host of the diaspora community socio political programme “PolitricsWithKO” on Europe’s first ethnic oriented television Channel BEN-TV broadcasting on BSKYB 238 and Startime Africa/Freeview Channel 244.