International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The State and Development Interventions in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria
Dr. (Mrs) Jack-Akhigbe

The Niger Delta region of Nigeria presents a typical case of the juxtaposition of enormous wealth and acute underdevelopment. Several attempts have been made by successive administrations in Nigeria to stimulate development through direct state interventions in the region. However, none of the interventions has ameliorated the living conditions of the people. This paper examines the forces that have made state interventions improbable in tackling the deepening development crisis in the region. Data collected from primary and secondary sources reveal that state attempts have been foundered by the same forces that precipitated underdevelopment in the region. The paper locates them within the locus of the character of the Nigerian State and those at the head of it at different levels.

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