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Niger Delta: What Is The Problem?

Hey,if you guys are not tired of the behaviour of the youth of the Niger Delta,i am.Because their kidnappings of oil workers is not helping the Nigerian economy at all.Nigeria is losing millions of naira each time they do this.What is really their problem?because i know that in terms of employment these company have tried their best.They employ these youth who are not ready to work,they pay them the so called developmental fee and build infrastructures for their community and also give them scholarships.What else do they want?before you fight,you most know what you are fighting for.can somebody please tell me the reason they are kidnapping these foreign workers?Because other foreign investors will be afraid to come to Nigeria and invest when they hear the news of kidnappers in Nigeria.They are even killing innocent people because of what?What are they fighting for.?

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O boy if u reach niger delta u go soon sabi wetin d problem be.

Nijah sef i tire.

i close mouth

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well spoken, Ehoi. now you're hitting the point home.

just look at what what is happening to the PTI reversal

story for instance. it's a big shame!

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The constitution have enslaved the people. The niger delta region never signed any treaty with nigeria neither were they conquered in any war yet the constitution have stolen their land and mineral resources with the Land Use Act. Their self determination right as a people have been stolen. Devolution of power or even the right to control their resources has been taken away. Even their right at the ballot to vote for a leader of their choice is being trampled under. This is modern day slavery of a people. So to your question, Nigeria and her constitution is the problem. The constitution has to be overhauled for this problem to go.

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that is being too generic. which aspect of nigeria is the problem? is it corruption?

or the ethnic factor? or one tribe trying to lord it over the others?

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Nigeria is the problem

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FG & past military leaders are the main problem

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obviously this poster doesn't know jack about the huge dimensions of the

niger delta agitation.

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Shalom!

Ladies and Gentleman, i read in the Nigerian dailies today that MEND has confirmed the presence of foreign mercenaries in the region!!

The report gives a serious cause for concern. There is no doubt that the Niger Delta is a sad case of a neglected honey pot. However, recent events indicate that the original aim of people like Isaac Boro and Ken Saro-Wiwa has been hijacked by hoodlums. This leads one to the pertinent question: can guerilla warfare solve the myriad problems of this region? Though extremely bad and highly unjustified, nevertheless, the problems of the Niger Delta is a reflection of the greater Nigerian dilemma. It is what happens when a country fails to get the type of leader it deserves. Nigeria of today is being ruled by thieves and imbeciles who care pretty little about the well-being of its citizens. To further compound things for the Niger Delta, its supposed political leaders and traditional rulers are part of the Nigerian malaise - egocentric thieves.

Having said this much, would anyone consider the introduction of guerillas as a viable alternative? What does MEND stand to gain by blowing up the Third Mainland bridge in Lagos as threatened? In the event of this happening, who bears the brunt? Common people on the streets. Would that solve the problems of the Niger Delta? Another thing to consider is the history of bush wars in world history. History has taught us that thay hardly solve any problem. Rather they create more. War has never been a viable option to any human problem, be it social or political. This is something the people of this region should seriously digest.

The ecological and environmental damages caused in this region by oil exploration, gas flaring and sundry others are too numerous to mention. It is indeed a pathetic situation that warrants urgent priority from any responsible government, but not the Nigerian government. Half-hearted approaches and lip service has been the solution proffered by the vagabonds in power in Nigeria. Nevertheless, i have a sneaky feeling that the introduction of foreign mercenaries is taking the struggle to another dimension. One that goes beyond calling attention to the problems of this region. There is something sinister behind it all. The question is, what does MEND and other militant and non-militant groups in the region really want?

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All their plans end up in paper and on the media. The dualisation of the East - West road (they talk say they go start am from lagos; bad as that talk bad) nothing dey happen. They talk say dem employ we people for NNPC; those names wey we see for paper, I never know whether na the unborn niger delta abi na de ones wey dey inside mortuary. Police and armed forces nko? Look this our country three much - the wayo of our leaders one day it will turn against them.

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At least there are some signs of progress, a lot of the hostages have been released and the government is paying more attetion.

Minister pledges speedy execution of Niger Delta housing scheme

Minister pledges speedy execution of Niger Delta housing scheme

From Florence Oretade, Abuja

A HOUSING blueprint for the Niger Delta presented to the Federal Government on Tuesday will be aggressively implemented, the Minister of Housing, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, has assured.

Receiving the report from the 15-man Federal Government Technical Committees on Housing Development for the Coastal States in Abuja, Mimiko said that the document would not be "left to gather dust on the shelf."

Mimiko said the development of the oil-rich region would go a long way in curbing the unrest in the area.

The government, he said, would not waste time in implementing the recommendation of the panel constituted to chart the course of solving the problem of housing in the Niger Delta.

He said: "Mr. President has demonstrated an incredible level of political will to address frontally the problem of the Niger Delta region. The solution to the region's housing has been brought to the front burner.

"A man that has a house is a fulfil man and the chances of his restiveness will also be reduced and we believe that the problem of housing in the Niger Delta can be tackled and I can assure you that Mr. President has the political will to do it."

Narrating the ordeal of the team during its visit to Kokokolo, a mangrove community in the Delta State, the panel's chairman, Mr. Fortune Ebbie, said the members saw the worst form of neglect in the area as the residents suffer in the midst of affluence.

According to him, the journey to the area on speedboat lasted for two hours before the members were paddled in a canoe covering one quarter of a kilometre followed by another one quarter kilometre walk in the mangrove before arriving in the village.

The village had no basic amenities and drink water from an 18-inche deep pond full of algae.

The village, he added, is surrounded by three oil wells but the residents send their wards to Sapele for primary education.

Ebbie charged the Federal Government not to allow the report to be treated shoddily.

Mimiko said the government would implement the panel's recommendations, including that of the stakeholders in the region.

The housing ministry, he said, would assume the role of leadership in the implementation of the report.

The committee, inaugurated on July 13, 2006, was to, among other things:

» Determine the communities in the coastal states of the Niger Delta to benefit from the intervention programme;

determine the housing needs (type and number) for each state and possibly, community in the region; and

determine the construction materials and the method of construction best suited to each state and where possible.

Source: http://odili.net/news/source/2006/oct/12/13.html

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One of the major problems with the Niger Delta, and indeed the entire country of Naija, is the overwhelming number of uneducated people walking the streets!

http://naijablog.blogspot.com/2006/10/education-education-education.html#links

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if you see a block speaking will you stay to hear it or move on?

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But i must commend the militants for only cutting the oil output by 27.25% and i must thank them for allowing the repairing of vandellised pipelines and i must also thank them for not killing to many soldiers

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please dblock, come and kill the militants without mercy.

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As we armchair pundits expound on the causes and solutions to the Niger Delta crisis, all out war has evidently broken out with the body-count of combatants on both sides escalating daily over the past 2 weeks.

It will be interesting to see if the Niger Delta freedom fighters make good on their threat to destroy ALL oil productivity infrastructure located in their homeland, and then how on earth any human being will thereafter be able to inhabit that area once the destruction is complete and the entire delta is turned into a sterile oil-slick. Nigeria is really up the creek without the proverbial paddle if all that is threatened actually takes place in the next few months.

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d problem plentydem go kill soja den say dem wan do ceasefire. if dem true true wan rack make dem rack finish now.

http://allafrica.com/stories/200610060397.html

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that is only a small part of a bigger problem that gives rise to such militants. And Flex, you just posted some more rubbish. And what has Houston got to do with Militants. Are you on crack? I drew a parrallel with IRAQ not houston dumbass. Last time I checked Iraq was in Asia, and Houston was in the US. You need to flex your brain bohboh and quit sounding like a slowpoke.

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Yes they are cause they have been mis informed, how easy is it to give a tout $10 and tell them to start a fight, SHango go to sleep abeg, we talking of issues in Nigeria not Houston

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You sound exactly like GW Bush talking about the insurgency in Iraq. You think militants are just militants because they like to be militants? Obviously people like you do not understand the problems of that region and its peoples grievances.

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Illitracy and bad leadership and governors is the problem

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I did not see any interesting thing in that article which has many unsubstantiated claims.

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Saw this article this evening. Interesting reading

http://allafrica.com/stories/200609200728.html

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In Edo state We have oil like people that do not have anything.

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@buchio

what do you mean by that statement?

both julius berger plc and wilbros cannot leave the niger delta; this is am imagination of the lagos press which seeks to cause confusion in the body polity.

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oil is also present in edo state. dis is from my class notes:

d niger delta (including edo state) has 356 oil fields. (23 have been abandonded as dried up)

251 of nigeria's oil fields (d biggest ones) r offshore.

there r 24 oil wells in d lake chad basin

1 oil well in anambra

1 in benue

so it is not only us dat have oil. or do u think nobody is searching for more oil in d places i have shown?

do u think dat if d FG just wakes up & hands over d control of d oil to us we will be better off?

stop dreaming.

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Ol boy, did you say you're doing SITP? Ok o!

You will do some petroleum engineering in that your SITP. Check up what a ''Delta'' is, then come back and tell me if Basil Omiyi is from the Niger Delta. We know he's from Edo state, somewhere in Esan. But I know Esan is not a part of the ''technical Niger Delta''. It's a part of the ''Political Niger Delta''. And Esan does not produce any drop of oil as at the last time I checked.

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basil omiyi is d mdof spdc. where does he come from?

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A BBC producer of World Have Your Say called me hours ago to know my views on the current situation in the Niger Delta. Please you can comment on their website.

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How many Niger Deltans are in the employ of Julius Berger? How much have they contributed to the Niger Delta?

Ask those in Bonny if Julius Berger will leave their multimillion dollar contracts in NLNG.

Those who don't know the solution to the Niger Delta issue will continue to chase shadows and will always stumble at the figments of their imagination

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@Oriki,

That's a balanced angle to the issue at hand. However, you need to know that miscreants have truly hijacked the struggles of the Niger Delta people. It's really unfortunate.

I heard some ten MEND militants were killed in a gun battle two days ago. I must say that whatever the intention of the FG, killing these people will only escalate the problems in the area. What will STOP the activities of hoodlums and miscreants is the enthronment of true democratic structures across the land. Upholding the principles of true Federalism is the panacea we need. The inbalance in almost everything is at the root of all the problems bedevilling the land.

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As we say in the Niger Delta, fire no fit quench fire.

That is you cannot use fire to put out fire. You use water. And may God help you if the fire is not Greek fire as the gas flares or oil flames in the Niger Delta of Nigeria.

The on-going military operations to search and destroy the revolutionary militants on the streets and in the creeks of the Niger Delta are a waste of time and resources, because if you want to arrest all the suspected militants in Port Harcourt and other parts of the Niger Delta, you have to arrest every member of the host communities of the multinational oil companies. Because, the militants are struggling to put an end to the oppression and suppression of the indigenes of the Niger Delta. Enough is enough. And their cause is justified

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Even wilbros is closing shop frm the area. they have even started trying to sell off there assets. Otokx over to u n ur militants

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Julius Berger is now pulling out of the Niger delta region.

http://www.thisdayonline.com/nview.php?id=55466

American firm quits Niger Delta and Nigeria

http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/news/article05

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Those state governors who are yet to render the dividends of democracy should be arrested and sent to jail.

thank you for coming to dat realisation otokx

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Julius berger has been attacked and 2 more germans kidnapped. The government should stop paying lip service. They have to stop paying ransome money in dollars and start a massive development infrastructurally of the entire Niger Delta Region. Those state governors who are yet to render the dividends of democracy should be arrested and sent to jail.

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dats an interesting analysis,

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those 3 kidnapped were filipinos, another german was kidnapped from B & B so its 4 in total; the truth is that the politicians will quote $2m as ransom and arrange the boys like $1m and then say no money changed hands. That is why it still continues unabatted. For the records no kidnapped expatriate has been killed or injured.

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realistically, a reorganisation of the polity

unrealistic, a break up

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In the short term

The military loses patience and goes on the rampage.

In the long term

Enough corrupt politicians are purged from the system.

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, until there is a breakup or re-organisation of this entity called Nigeria.

Nigeria as presently organised will remain a failure. The Niger Delta problem is only a symptom of the deeper malaise that plagues the system.

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and it will still rage on infinitely until,

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they have just kidnapped 3 expatriates in port harcourt today.

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nnna bros chxta easy, easy, but bros owo nobody sane believes dat d niger-deltans cannot and shd not progress,i believe d resources within d area is not evenly distributed in uplifting d plights of d inhabitants as well but, BUT u guys must realise dat ur leaders must take responsibility to a degree for d wanton deggradation seen now , why? because dey have failed at dere level to alleviate d suffering of dere ppl by providing infrasttructure,upgrading d already infrastructure e.t.c. shd i give u e.gs of hw ur leaders abuse state funds? igbinedion threw a party for his fathers birthday in 2 continents and paralysed d administrative workings of edo state ,odili spent state funds in buying a jet which will nt impact positively on d life of d masses,attah in his first term preferred to offer patronage to cronies in form of contracts which were finally either shoddily done or abandoned,alams tried, oh but at d end of d day he was caught wit his pants down,wearing a bra with a fists full of govt funds he was trying to launder abroad. and d list keeps going on and on. wouldnt d ideal tin be to hold dese leaders accountable to a great degree for misuse of d already laid down resources b4 fighting for d other one?

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My dear man, you are also on the thrid rock from the Sun. . .

Let me educate you a little: A planet is generally considered to be a relatively large mass of aggegated matter in orbit around a star. In geological terms, aggregated matter is generally considered to be a rock.

There are 9 rocks in orbit around our star (Sol), in order: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. Some schools of thought suggest that there is a 10th rock called Charon, but this is still under debate.

According to that list, Earth is number. . .

Any questions?

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@chxta

Indeed you are living in the third rock from the sun. So much so that you have been blinded by the sun's radiance and you cannot see the things that are plainly laid out before your eyes.

I can assure you that your generation will not pass away before the Delta arises from the position that it is today to the great and enviable position that it is destined to attain. Its sons and daughters will be sought after in every corner of the world for positive reasons. Its bickering and oppressive neighbours will behold the splendour and grace with which its affairs are conducted.

You are therefore at liberty, in the present deispensation, to blame whoever you want for its troubles.

However, I insist that the Delta is not looking for handouts, allocations, pity, sympathy, trouble, projects etc from any body or group of people. Rather it is seeking, justifiably so, to empower its sons and daughters by taking an absolute control of its resources, liabilities, fears, joys, pride, future and consequently, charting a prosperous future for its present and future generations.

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Buchi, I have also travelled extensively in the Niger Delta, and while I agree whole-heartedly that the area has been criminally neglected, I want to place a large part of the blame suarely on the leaders of the region.

What justifies using money Shell gives you to build schools to marry new wives?

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my broda have u gone to d niger-delta region b4? i am ibo so dont tink im justifying anything but i have had d opportunity to travel extensively round d niger-delta courtesy of my job and wat i saw was heart rendin . d level of degradation and abuse is unprecedented. In a place called nembe which is accessible via water(4 hrs by speed boat from p.h.;3hrs from yenaGOA via same) d main source of water is from d creek where d boats come from,i saw children peeing and defeacating into d same creek dat a woman was taking water from to ash her pot or is it electricity? dere was no single light dere except i pass my neighbour gensets but just barely 3km away shell is drilling oil and dere flowstation is awash with activity of light,water e, t.c come on, !!!!! dese ppl r human beins and have every right to demand dat wat comes from dere land be used to develope dere land irrespective of whos ox is gored.

in as much as d tactics used by mend is rash and illogical but d tactics dat has been employed over d years by multinationals like shell and d federal govt has not left much to be desired.it is a problem my dad predicted as far back as 1984 when he happened to pass through rivers state(now bayelsa state) and d whole country is feeling d result of years of neglect.

I advise anyone who has not been to areas like nembe,oporoma,sangana,oluasiri to maybe try and go dere,it will make u appreciate d level of neglect dere.

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