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Nigeria Journal of Management Sciences (NJMS), Benue State University

Nigeria Journal of Management Sciences (NJMS)
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The Role of Interventionist Agencies in Addressing Poverty and Development Challenges in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria

Efebeh, Eseoghene Vincent: Political Science Department Delta State University Abraka, Nigeria. 08034516815


This paper examines the developmental activities and efforts of various governmental agencies established in the wake of environmental degradation, infrastructural decay and poverty in the Niger Delta Region. Given the rate of poverty, unemployment and the health related problems occasioned by the exploration and exploitation of oil; the performance of interventionist governmental agencies have become very insignificant in addressing the plight of the people of the region. Adopting the historical method of data collection with reliance on secondary sources of gathering information, the paper notes that as a result of the lack of political will and endemic corruption in the system, all the interventionist agencies have failed woefully to meet the purpose for which they were set up. It however suggests that genuine political will devoid of sentiments and corruption will go a long way in developing the region and thus alleviate poverty, rather than the mere emphasis on the establishment of interventionist institutions.

Key words: Interventionist agencies, oil industry, poverty, Niger Delta region, Nigeria.

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