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Nigeria : seizing the moment in the Niger Delta.

Author: International Crisis Group.
Publisher: Abuja ; Dakar ; Brussels : International Crisis Group, 2009.
Series: Africa briefing, no. 60.; Policy briefing (International Crisis Group)
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Technical Committee on the Niger Delta's December 2008 report to the president offers a new opportunity for renewing engagement on resolving the region's long and deepening crisis. The government, regional leaders and the militants need to respond urgently and decisively to arrest the public's growing distrust, end armed violence, create an environment for arresting organised crime and set the stage for  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: International Crisis Group.
OCLC Number: 320359802
Notes: Caption title from title screen (viewed May 6, 2009).
"30 April 2009."
Description: 1 online resource (19 pages) : color map.
Contents: Overview --
Conflict and criminality --
Yar'adua's response to the delta crisis --
Breaking the impasse --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Africa briefing, no. 60.; Policy briefing (International Crisis Group)

Abstract:

"The Technical Committee on the Niger Delta's December 2008 report to the president offers a new opportunity for renewing engagement on resolving the region's long and deepening crisis. The government, regional leaders and the militants need to respond urgently and decisively to arrest the public's growing distrust, end armed violence, create an environment for arresting organised crime and set the stage for sustained, longer term development. If they miss this opportunity, the Delta risks sliding deeper into conflict, insecurity could spread further across the Gulf of Guinea, and Nigeria's oil production and drive for socio-economic advancement will be even more severely disrupted. The urgency is underscored by the grim security situation in the region and the risk that instability may spread to the land or maritime territories of Nigeria's neighbours across the Gulf of Guinea. Late 2008 saw some of the Delta's bloodiest fighting between government forces and Delta militants, and there have already been a number of attacks in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea by groups probably linked to the militants. Piracy incidents throughout 2008, exacerbated by the lack of security in the region, made Nigerian waters second only to Somalia in terms of danger. Since the Yar'Adua administration assumed office in May 2007, its initiatives for ending Delta violence have been ambiguous and at times incoherent. An early attempt to convene a Delta summit was aborted due to local opposition. A May 2008 proposal that militants incorporate as security companies so they could be hired to guard pipelines and other oil installations met with public skepticism and militants' rejection and never got off the ground. Creation of the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs in September 2008 initially drew mixed reactions, but low funding in the 2009 budget, an uncertain division of responsibilities with the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and unclear guiding principles have cost it credibility."--Overview.

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