Reconciling Expectations and Reality in the Niger Delta

Nov 15, 2016 | 09:00 GMT
Reconciling Expectations and Reality in the Niger Delta
To increase oil production and revenues in accordance with its "Seven Big Wins" plan, the Nigerian government will first have to restore security in the Niger Delta region, where increased militancy has damaged oil and gas infrastructure this year.

Nigeria has a new plan to overcome its economic doldrums. On Oct. 27, President Muhammadu Buhari's administration unveiled the "Seven Big Wins," a roadmap designed to enhance stability, transparency and growth in the oil industry, the country's most profitable sector. The government in Abuja hopes that after years of suffering the effects of low oil prices, Nigeria will be able to restore its oil revenues by increasing production. But to reach the administration's ambitious production targets (2.2 million barrels per day by the end of the year and 2.8 million bpd by 2019), Nigeria's oil industry will first have to improve its security situation. Militancy in the Niger Delta region, the epicenter of Nigeria's oil industry, has surged over the past year. Since January, groups such as the Niger Delta Avengers have launched several devastating attacks against the country's oil and natural gas infrastructure in retaliation for perceived injustices wrought...

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