n African Renaissance - Corporate social responsibility : the case of multinational oil companies in the Niger Delta of Nigeria

Volume 7 Number 3-4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


The Niger Delta of Nigeria is the region that is blessed with oil. The multinational oil companies who have been engaged in upstream activities in the area for many years have degraded the environment of the Niger Delta and have done little to improve the lot of the people. Both the oil companies and the government of Nigerian pass the buck as to who should provide the necessary development projects to counteract the adverse effects of upstream activities. This article argues that beyond the payment of taxes and other levies to the Nigerian government, the multinational oil companies who have made tremendous profit from the Niger Delta area also owe an obligation to it; an obligation of corporate social responsibility. Presently the Niger Delta is in turmoil and petroleum operations have been adversely affected. Unless there is a concerted effort by the oil companies to discharge corporate social responsibility to their host communities in the Niger Delta the exploitation of oil from the area will always be fraught with problems, difficulties and dangers.

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