Politics of Energy Exploitation and Environmental Degradation in the Niger-Delta Region of NigeriaIdiege DA*
University Wukari Taraba, Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management, Federal State Nigeria
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- Idiege DA
University Wukari Taraba
Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management
Federal State Nigeria
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: May 07, 2017; Accepted Date: May 19, 2017; Published Date: May 27, 2017
Citation: Idiege DA (2017) Politics of Energy Exploitation and Environmental Degradation in the Niger-Delta Region of Nigeria. J Pollut Eff Cont 5:191. doi: 10.4176/2375-4397.1000191
Copyright: © 2017 Idiege DA. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
This paper attempts to x-ray some of the possible consequences of oil spills, bunkering activities, drilling mud, pipeline vandalization and militancy on the ecological resources of the Niger Delta region of Nigeria due to the roles some political agents such as the government, the multi-national oil companies and the pro-environmental groups are playing in the exploitation of petroleum and gas resources in Nigeria. Possible suggestions as a way forward to environmental degradation in the Niger Delta Region were suggested. These include the provision of an adequate institutional framework, proper Environmental Impacts Assessment/Social Impact Assessment, before any developmental project can be carried out. Detail environmental audit, monitoring as well as adhering to the world environmental standard would save the region from the danger of environmental degradation.