International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Expropriation of Petroleum Ownership: Institutionalization of Poverty by Dispossession of the Niger Delta Region
Felix Moses Edoho, Sr., PhD

By laws, the Nigerian state, controlled by hegemonic ethnocentric majority, has systematically expropriated the ownership of the petroleum resources found in the Niger Delta region (NDR). By expropriating ownership of the petroleum resources and denying the rightful owners access to revenue accrued from their natural resource endowments, the Nigerian state has ipso facto institutionalized poverty in the NDR by dispossession and deprivation. While the region is deprived of the revenue from its oil, it is also plagued by environmental degradation and dehumanizing poverty. The confluence of resource ownership dispossession and poverty has triggered resistance, militancy, conflict, and crisis.

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