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Title:Oil Minorities and the Politics of Resource Control in Nigeria
Author:Anugwom, Edlyne E.ISNI
Periodical:Africa Development: A Quarterly Journal of CODESRIA (ISSN 0850-3907)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Nigeria
West Africa
Subjects:minority groups
natural resource management
revenue allocation
political conflicts
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Development and Technology
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
Economics and Trade
Petroleum reserves
Resource allocation
Politics, Practical
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/24483836
Abstract:The paper examines the contentious nature of resource control and distribution in Nigeria. It avers that resource control has been a big problem confronting the Nigerian State from the start. This problem has not been helped by the heterogeneous nature of Nigeria, the weak capacity of the Nigerian State, the politics of resource allocation and the primordial bend of leadership. Contestations over resources have heightened in recent years due to the politicization and ethnicization of the resource allocation process by the Nigerian State and its elites. The Niger Delta minority ethnic groups have seen themselves as victims of this politicization of resource control by the dominant majority ethnic groups in control of State power. The allegation of their marginalization in resource control is given further impetus by the decline of the derivation principle of revenue allocation and the general socioeconomic plight of the region in spite of it being the source of the oil upon which Nigeria's monoeconomy has depended in the last three decades. The grievances of the Niger Delta minorities and the general conflict over resource control in the country can only be meaningfully addressed through a committed restructuring of the fiscal system. Bibliogr., sum. in English and French. [Journal abstract]