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Title:Social and political issues in sustainable development in Nigeria: an overview
Author:Roberts, F.O. Nyemutu
Periodical:Démocraties africaines
Geographic term:Nigeria
Abstract:Concerns about sustainable and environmentally friendly development are broadly acknowledged in the world today. It has become imperative to broaden the concept of development by adding sociological and political perspectives to those of economics and ecology. This paper first discusses the various approaches to development adopted so far in Nigeria. Many explanations of Nigeria's failure to sustain its development have been advanced. The article then focuses on the social and political dimensions of sustainable development. Until recently, the sociopolitical dynamics of environmental issues in relation to development were largely ignored, as the problem of sustainable development was addressed mainly in physical, ecological and technical terms. Although the importance of sociopolitical aspects is currently realized, its full implications continue to be neglected in the design and implementation of measures for environmental rehabilitation and conservation. However, the Nigerian Environmental Study/Action Team (NEST) has recognized the need for an integrative concept of sustainable development and has identified its key elements. Bibliogr.