Illegal Oil Bunkering in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria: A Challenge to Nigeria’s Development

  • Tombari Bodo Director, Centre for Integrated Environmental Management and Advanced Research, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
  • Batombari Gbidum Gimah Department of Adult Education (Environmental Adult Education Option), Faculty of Education, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Iwofe, Rivers State, Nigeria
  • Kemetonye Joy Seomoni Department of Adult Education (Environmental Adult Education Option), Faculty of Education, Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Iwofe, Rivers State, Nigeria
Keywords: Illegal oil bunkering, Niger Delta region, environmental challenges, exploration, oil companies, militancy

Abstract

Illegal oil bunkering is a regular activity in the Niger Delta region in Nigeria. Despite the huge financial cost on the part of the government and the multinational oil companies, the perpetrators of this business continue to expand their operations in the creeks. Illegal oil bunkering is now a booming business in the Niger Delta. It is believed to involve the different local militant groups in creeks, commodity traders, military personnel, international businessmen, and some indigenous oil servicing companies. The successes of illegal oil bunkering in Nigeria have been ascribed to both local and national interest as a result of the profits from this illegal oil business. This study critically examines the key actors of illegal oil bunkering; the root causes and consequences of illegal oil bunkering, and the solutions to the identified challenges.

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Published
2020-10-31
How to Cite
Bodo, T., Gimah, B. G., & Seomoni, K. J. (2020). Illegal Oil Bunkering in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria: A Challenge to Nigeria’s Development. European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 16(29), 134. https://doi.org/10.19044/esj.2020.v16n29p134
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ESJ Humanities