What is a petition?
A petition is a signed document, formal written request to do something usually addressed to the people in authority who have the legal backing of the law to take action and get complaints resolved.
Simply put, a petition is a formal letter by an aggrieved person, group, or society written to getting solace from whom it’s addressed.
Why infobase petition?
Most of the human right abuses in Nigeria are either under reported, or not reported at all. A grossly violation of human rights are carried out daily by most of the public service officials, military, paramilitary, from companies to its workers, telecommunications to its customers, and individual to individual. Most of these violations are either not reported as a result of ignorance, or the fear of further intimidation.
Government consumer protection agency is there to handle all goods/service-related issues, while there are also units in all the government establishments where complaints could be reported, yet we believe that Nigerians need more independent platform to air their voices against human right abuses.
If you believe you’ve been cheated, or your rights have been violated, file your petition here and it’ll get published for the rest of the world to see. Not just that we’d help direct your petition to the right channel for appropriate actions.
Basically, infobase petition desk will help you promote your petition by giving it a free publication, and forward it to the right quarter if you’ve not done so.
You may want to ask: how do I write a petition?
We’ve put together a guide on how to write an actionable petition letter. We’ll also share with you samples of petition letter.
According to Citizens Public Justice, petition guidelines are:
Identify your targets. Who are you addressing your petition to, the “who” means the person you believe has the legal authority to take action that would address your complaints. For instance fraud/scam related petition should be forwarded to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), threat to life should be addressed the Inspector General of Police etc.
Begin your petition statement with a phrase: like we the underdesigned hereby affirm… Identify yourself in a shortest way. You don’t need academic qualifications, growing up and awards you’ve received are not needed in a petition letter.
The petition statement should be clear and concise. Your petition statement should go straight to the point.
Unnecessary sentences should be eliminated. It could be boring if it’s extremely long. You have to keep your petition statement as short as possible, while laying out your concerns.
Start with general principles and progressively get more specific, ending with your requests.
If your petition is on a conventional paper print, make sure that the petition statement appears on each page of the petition, if it’s more than a page.
Meanwhile, infobase shall be accepting online petition.
Samples of a petition letter
We’re giving you two samples of a petition letter:
- Example of conventional petition letter (handwritten)
- Example of online petition
Example of conventional petition letter
In a recent confrontation between two senators: Oluremi Tinubu and Dino Melaye, the former petitioned the IGP over threat by the latter to her life.
Here is an example of a petition letter written by Senator Tinubu dated July 18, 2016.
July 18, 2016.
TheActing Inspector General of Police
Louis Edet House
REQUEST FOR POLICE PROTECTION
I am senator Oluremu Tinubu, representing the Lagos Central Senatorial District of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
During the proceeding of the Senate on Tuesday, July 14, 2016, I had cause to contribute to a matter of national importance. Apparently dissatisfied with my contributions Senator Dino Melaye threw caution to the winds, resorted to vulgar abuse of my person and wanted to assault me.
It was the timely intervention of a number of colleagues which prevented Senator Melaye from unleashing physical attack on me. However, as the leadership of the Senate did not call him to order in the circumstance, he proceeded to threaten my life without any provocation whatever.
In view of Senator Melaye’s antecedent particularly in the House of Representatives where a brawl led by him had led to the untimely death of a member, I have decided not to ignore his threat to my life. Therefore, I am compelled to urge you to use your good office to provide me with adequate security.
Please accept the assurances of my highest regards and esteem.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu, OON
Example of an online petition
Let Nigerians receive funds with paypal
Rukky Kofi, Ughelli, Nigeria
Today was a sad day for me. I applied to a job online that would allow me earn a full-time income by Nigerian standards (about $1000 a month). I qualified for this job after a rigorous screening process but when it was time to setup my work info, I found out that the company makes payments only via paypal and at the moment, Nigerians cannot receive payments with their paypal accounts.
This hasn’t happened to just me. In fact, this isn’t the only instance. Imagine spending countless hours building a product to sell in a marketplace only to find that they make their payments exclusively via paypal? This is the situation for countless Nigerians who are motivated and looking to make money online and who insist on doing so with integrity.
Nigeria is a country filled with a lot of poor people (by global standards) with very limited opportunities hence the need to seek opportunities to make a living online. A job that pays $1000 a month is enough to make you a happy Nigerian and this sort of job is not exactly easy to find in the country.
The internet presents willing Nigerians with opportunity. The opportunity to earn their living legitimately online. However Paypal – the ‘industry standard’ for online payments makes this opportunity inaccessible to Nigerians in most cases. Making mass payouts is a relatively easy task when done using Paypal’s business platform. Hence most internet businesses ( even those that welcome a global workforce) choose to make payments to their workers via Paypal. Nigerians, who qualify to be a part of the workforce for some internet companies are however not able to receive payments simply because we can’t receive payments with Nigerian Paypal accounts.
I understand that Nigeria doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to scams and internet fraud. However, a lot has changed in the country over the years and internet fraud is no longer popular among the Nigerians who carry out numerous transactions online.
Thankfully, Nigerians can use their paypal accounts to purchase items from so many websites (even websites that don’t process Nigerian credit cards). However, the problem remains that, for some reason(s), Nigerians can’t receive payments via Paypal.
It’s not news that at the moment, Nigeria is a third-world country. Most Nigerians don’t earn in a year what the average citizen of a developed country can make in a month. There just aren’t many good jobs in Nigeria and the lack of basic infrastructure makes it very difficult and expensive for foreign investors to invest. Unemployment rates are high and it’s harder than ever to maintain a decent living standard. The internet presents hope for a lot of people facing almost similar and in many cases better conditions in their countries.
The internet presents an opportunity for everyone to be a part of a global community where you can earn money legitimately provided you’re qualified and able to work. This hope is blurred for most Nigerians because we currently can’t receive money via the most popular payment platform.
Payoneer could have been the perfect alternative because it processes payments to Nigerians and in fact, many Nigerians use Payoneer to receive funds. However, Payoneer is not as popular among business owners as Paypal so there is still a lot of opportunity Nigerians don’t have access to.
The goal of this petition is to urge Paypal to re-access the situation. There’s a really vast market of Nigerians who will happily subscribe to Paypal’s services once we are able to receive payments and manage business accounts. At the moment, a lot of qualified, hard working Nigerians can’t make money online simply because they can’t receive payments via Paypal. These are individuals who have been offered project and job contracts that they can’t take advantage of because they can’t receive their pay using Nigerian Paypal accounts.
Please, support this petition to make all of Paypal’s features completely accessible in Nigeria.
So, you now have a clearer picture of how to write a petition.
Are you ready to get your online petition published?
We’ll help you promote it. We’ll make your voice heard. You have the right to be heard.
Forward your online petition to infobase by using the Contact Us link.