IN NIGERIA'S NIGER DELTA
PSYCHO-MORPHOLOGICAL & EMPIRICAL OVERVIEW
DR. E. A. AKPOFURE
CHIEF M. L. EFERE
DR. PROSPER AYAWEI
12.1 Professional Advice to MULTINATIONAL OIL COMPANIES AND THE GOVENMENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA on Re-Activating and Actualising Victims' Economic, Social and Ecological Integrity
Since every man is egocentric, he is born with some sort of illusive, passive or acute tyranic tendencies which accounts for his drive to Lord, status seeking, climax in society, struggle for political power or patronage, acquire more wealth, strive for communal prestige or colonize as opportune and whenever possible.
Invariably by this singular reason every man, family, community and country safeguards and protects himself against any un-negotiated and uncompensated infringement to their regional or territorial integrity.
As you well know that earth's environs is characterised by heterogeneity (differences), some places blessed with so much mineral resources, good climate, vegetation, natural shelter and good food supply, therefore survival is purely limited to the benefits in ones environment and its endowments.
By any reason this is unattainable and/or every effort to make life meaningful is proved abortive, as it has been the case of the MULTINATIONAL OIL COMPANIES's spill in the area and its attendant effects on the victims. This could lead to several tendencies and disorders as written above and wherefore the only considered rescue attempt by MULTINATIONAL OIL COMPANIES and the government should have total regard to all factors highlighted in the report in no distant time.
Having regard to all thoughts highlighted in this report, we therefore recommend a trio negotiable options for the permanent solution of crises in the Niger Delta.
1. (a) Communities' reclamation of their right to resource
(b) Their direct negotiation with oil companies on industry participation modalities, and
(c) Communities' direct tax payment to the Federal Government.
2. Setting aside a certain amount per barrel of oil extracted from each community for developmental purposes to be worked out.
3. Allowing oil-bearing communities direct and substantial share-ownership in the oil industry, in proportion to the volume of oil and gas produced there from, and details to be worked out also.
4. Stringent review or complete abrogation of existing
unjust and unsustainable environmental laws and regulations, particularly
those directly dealing with land acquisition and compensation, to ensure
equity and social justice in the area.
|DR. E. A. AKPOFURE
|DR. PROSPER AYAWEI
|CHIEF M. L. EFERE