n African Renaissance - Nigeria and the politics of United Nations climate financing and environmental security : understanding the debacle of Ogoniland

Volume 16 Number 3
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305



The crisis of development in the face of environmental degradation in Ogoniland with regards to environmental clean-up project and the attendant conflicts so far generated since the unveiling of the United Nations Environment assessment report in 2011, has remained a topical issue. However, years after the submission of UNEP report, little has been done by the Nigerian state and Shell Petroleum Development Company Programme (SPDC) in addressing the environmental challenges facing Ogoni people. This paper argues that the character of the Nigerian state is blameworthy for why UNEP report has not received the kind of attention recommended. Documentary methods of data collection were deployed and data collected were analysed through content analysis. While relying on the rentier state theory and post-colonial state theory as analytical frameworks, we recommend that recovered loot from foreign countries should be invested in Ogoni clean-up project so as to promote human and environmental security.

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