International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Conflict Resolution in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria: An Empirical Investigation
Onibere, E. A; Egbokhare, F. A; Ekong, V. E; Amadin F. I

This study investigated conflicts in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria which is triggered by prolonged socio-economic and political alienation marked by extreme poverty, hunger, disease, environmental pollution and high levels of youth unemployment. The region has witnessed an unprecedented spate of violent conflicts in the recent past, and all efforts to quell it seem to have defied solutions. In this study, we obtained unstructured and structured data from indigenes of the Niger Delta oil producing communities, oil exploration and oil-based organizations operating in the region and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) on the projects sited so far, the criteria used, causes of conflicts and current methods of resolution. The results of the findings provided insights on the current reality of conflict in the region by identifying a number of political, socioeconomic, and environmental risk factors as central to conflict escalation as well as measures to curb them.

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