WATCH: “Fuelling Poverty” A Short Documentary That Examines Corruption and Mismanagement of Oil Wealth in Nigeria
A short video Documentary, Fuelling Poverty which seeks to “examines the corruption and mismanagement of oil wealth in Nigeria is due today for screening in Washington, US. Alongside the screening is a discussion that scrutinizes the perplexing corruption in Nigeria’s oil sector with the oil corruption under the Jonathan administration as its main focus. The discussion is organised by a Washington based international non-governmental organisation, Open Society Institute.
The documentary produced against the backdrop of the January 2012 wild protest against increase in fuel pump price by the administration is a story that brings to life the plight of everyday Nigerians, caught in up in the reckless policies of a government where corruption is the norm, rather than exception, and impunity reigns.”
It “tells the story of the fuel subsidy management in a manner that demystifies the numbers and humanizes the tragedy. It brings the experiences and perceptions of the average Nigerian to the forefront, lays down the arguments of both sides of the fuel subsidy debate, and underlines the culture of impunity that has been the bane of accountability in Nigeria.”
Produced jointly by the Open Society Initiative for West Africa and Ishaya Baku, a young Nigerian producer who is fast becoming a force in the film industry and a fearless social activist, Fuelling Poverty is a tribute to the many lives lost during the demonstration and the many avoidable deaths in Nigeria as a result of bad governance. It is a story of a country that can do better and of people who have suffered for too long.
The documentary will also be shown at 20th NY African Film Festival, “Following its nomination for the best documentary award in the Africa Movie Academy Award. The screening will be followed by a Q and A with producer/director Ishaya Baku and executive producer and OSIWA Nigeria country officer Udo Ilo.”
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