The land of black gold, corruption, poverty and sabotage: Overcoming the Niger Delta’s problems through the establishment of a Nigerian Non-Renewable Revenue Special Fund (NNRSF)

Adrian Gonzalez

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Through statistics published by the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), the paper explores why oilfield sabotage from 2009 to 2015 remains a problem in the Niger Delta, despite the 2009 amnesty programme. It explains why some of these incidents are a direct result of the failure to implement socio-economic development in successive state agencies due to corruption, a consequence of the natural resource curse. The article then explores why and how a Nigerian Non-Renewable Revenue Special Fund (NNRSF) overseen by the United Nations Development Programme should be established which would not only manage a portion of oil revenue funds from the Niger Delta but also initiate valid social and economic projects in order to help reduce the prevalence of sabotage and instability in the region.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalCogent Social Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jan 2016


  • Nigeria
  • Niger Delta
  • oil production
  • oil revenue
  • socio-economic development
  • corruption
  • United Nations Development Fund
  • development policy
  • environment & the developing world
  • political geography
  • sustainable development

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