ANEEJ Executive Director joins other climate activists in “Don’t Gas Africa” protest in Vienna
By: Femi Mustapha
The Executive Director of Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ), Rev. David Ugolor, has joined other climate activists to demonstrate in the Austrian capital of Vienna, protesting the three-day European Gas Conference that started in the city on March 27, 2023.
This was contained in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna yesterday.
The statement stated that Rev. Ugolor, alongside other protesters, also participated in the “Don’t Gas Africa” workshop taking place on the sidelines of the People’s Gas Conference/European Gas Conference in Vienna.
The climate activists said that while the world has been hit by the climate crisis caused by the overuse of fossil fuels, and Europe is facing an acute energy crisis caused by profiteering of the energy giants, they will crash the champagne party of the gas lobby at the European Gas Conference.
In his remarks, the ANEEJ Executive Director called on OPEC to join the global movement to ensure that the Paris Agreement to address climate change is implemented and to begin moving its operations towards renewable energy.
He stressed that OPEC’s activities have been a threat to the lives and livelihoods of the people of the oil-rich Niger Delta Region, saying that there is a need to open OPEC up to the general public to foster transparency and accountability.
The ANEEJ Executive Director added that in Nigeria, where he comes from, oil-related activities have led to environmental degradation that has not only engendered the decline of traditional economic activities in oil-bearing areas but also led to violent communal crises, youth militancy, and the government and oil companies’ brutal repression of protests and violent demonstrations by the people of the Niger Delta.
Rev. David Ugolor explained to Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) during the Power to the People Conference in Vienna how a campaign (the People’s AGM) was organized against Shell in Nigeria and how it includes the Church of England and the Norwegian pension fund!
It will be recalled that the three-day conference in Vienna will be attended by energy giants and will assess the impact of the 2022–23 winter on the security of the gas market in Europe.