Sixty years after independence, Nigeria has yet to achieve its potential.
Sixty years after political independence, it is clear that Nigeria has not fulfilled its huge potential, but with a supportive public culture it can transform that into success.
Young people’s lives in Niger Delta have not improved despite the setting up of development agencies
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Young people’s lives in the Niger Delta have not improved because development agencies have been hijacked by local leaders
Oil smeared fishboats on oily mud in the river during low tide at K-Dere, near Bodo in the Niger Delta region
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The Niger Delta oil conflict requires broad consultation and effective dialogue between communities, oil companies and the Nigerian government.
The collapse of the oil price in 2014 highlighted the need for Nigeria to dilute its exposure on the commodity.
Africa needs average economic growth of over 7% for several decades if it’s to reduce poverty and increase income levels.
Africa is still witnessing an increase in social turbulence, unrest and protest. Only rapid, inclusive economic growth combined with good governance can make the continent less volatile.
Women carry goods across a makeshift bridge in the Ilaje slum in Lagos. Widening inequality is fuelling tensions across Nigeria.
Protests are raising tensions in Africa’s most populous country, with agitators and federal troops clashing on the streets. But is Nigeria on the brink of another civil war?
Nigerian militants patrol the oil rich Niger delta region, the birth place of commercial kidnapping in the country.
Tough socio-economic conditions, among others, make kidnapping a thriving business in Nigeria. A strong justice system along with stiff punishment for the crime are needed.
Nigeria needs a collaborative approach involving voluntary partnerships between the state, an international development agency, the business sector and civil society to solve its problems.
An oil rig in Angola. The country could see big reductions in export and revenue from fossil fuels as the world transitions to clean energy.
The end of fossil fuels is approaching fast. But the question remains of what to do with those that remain, waiting to be sold.
Are OPEC’s cuts all smoke?
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To see why, one must only consider the core economic principle of supply and demand.
Barrels in Nigeria used for transporting oil to communities.
It is important to nurture local companies and increase domestic participation in Africa’s emerging oil economies.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has moved to address environmental pollution and improve the livelihoods of the Ogoni people.
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Oil spills have long plagued the Ogoni people living in the Niger Delta. President Buhari is finally doing something about the pollution. But there are flaws in the government’s approach.
The oil fields in the Niger Delta are regularly sabotaged by people living in communities surrounding the fields.
Nigeria must work together with its people to help keep the peace in the Niger Delta.