by Rachel Ogbu
Give it to this young man – he’s got some balls. In this educative (and more) documentary by Ishaya Bako, called “Fueling Poverty” the history of the petroleum subsidy and the proposed removal is shared.
In a statement from producers of the documentary:
“The oil subsidy placed on petroleum products by the Nigerian government was meant to provide a much-needed relief on the cost of living in one of the most complicated countries in the world. However after a probe by the House of Representatives, it was revealed that about seven billion dollars was stolen from the Nigerian people in one year from the same program that was meant to provide relief for them. It is quite possibly one of the most daring frauds in history.”
The documentary opens with an introduction by Professor Wole Soyinka, it seeks to educate Nigerians, home and abroad on the oil subsidy scam, how it affects everyone directly and the ensuing probe.
Director, Ishaya Bako, uses different tools to evoke emotion and challenge our thought process. With commentaries from Femi Falana; musician and activist, Seun Kuti, social entrepreneur – Japheth Omojuwa, former minister to the FCT, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and other other social commentators, the documentary takes us through the deliberations between the govenment and the civil society, through the January 2012 protests, to the “Farouk Lawan vs Femi Otedola” scandal.
The producers say the essential aim of the documentary “is to create a process of change driven by Nigerians.”
The film is in partnership with the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and will air on television in January 2013.
Watch the documentary here.