Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Nigeria's oil center still without electricity

I've always advocated that if you want to be an informed citizen, you should rely on many media sources to get your information. BUT if you live in the US and can only choose one, I'd highly recommend The Week (website). This is because it's not one media source but many: it's a sort of world press review, publishing articles from countless different US and international press outlets.

The most recent issue cited an interesting editorial from the Nigerian paper This Day.

Bayelsa State is located in the heart of Nigeria's oil producing region. Yet like most of the Niger Delta, Bayelsa residents remain mired in poverty.

That's due in no small part to the massive environmental damage caused by oil exploiters such as Shell. Ecological devastation is pretty big deal for poor residents who rely on fishing an other subsistence activities for survival.

Yet despite putting up with the rape of its natural resources by foreign multinationals, Bayelsans haven't got much in return. The state home to one of Nigeria's largest deposits of crude oil doesn't even have electricity a half century after the 'godsend' black gold was discovered there.

5 Comments:

At 6:38 AM, Blogger nigeria, what's new said...

"BUT if you live in the US and can only choose one, I'd highly recommend The Week (website). This is because it's not one media source but many: it's a sort of world press review, publishing articles from countless different US and international press outlets." hello? who owns these sources? Most of the published stories looked like propaganda.

 
At 12:50 PM, Blogger Brian said...

This Day is propaganda?

Anyway, I'm open minded. If you have a better suggestion to the criteria I listed, by all means let's hear it!

 
At 6:38 AM, Blogger Aaron Rowe said...

I agree with you 100% that the oil companies MUST do much more to improve the areas they exploit. But how can you mention the problems in Bayelsa State and not mention Alamieyeseigha?

Also here.

 
At 2:14 PM, Blogger sokari said...

It is not only Bayelsa in the ND that doesnt have electricity - my town in Rivers States and all the other Kalabari Towns still do not have electricity. I have written on this many times under Niger Delta. Ogoni towns and villages do not have electricty. Etche towns and villages do not have electricity; Egi towns and villages do not have electricity - should I go on?

 
At 3:53 PM, Blogger Brian said...

Sokari,
(holds hands up)

I believe you! I'm just passing along what The Week and This Day said.

 

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