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Oil Exploration Not Solution to African Development – Nnimmo Bassey

A renowned African environmentalist and activist Nnimmo Bassey has said oil extractions in Africa have caused decades of environmental degradation and disruption of livelihoods than the benefits to the local economy.

Bassey stated in Dubai shortly after the screening of a documentary on the continuous burning of fire on the Ororo oil well in Ondo State for the past three years.

This fire, experts said was harming the marine ecosystem and disrupting fishing and other economic activities of the nearby communities.

Bassey, who is also the Executive Director, Home of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) said although billions of dollars have come to Africa through oil and gas, the suffering of the people as a result of the induced environmental crisis outweighed the benefits.

According to him, “If you look at the environment and the lives of the people and count the cost that people have had to suffer because of oil extractions, you find out that the equation is negative.

“It is a deficit economy. So now, we can invest in renewable energy and clean up, that will create a lot of jobs and will tackle the issue of unemployment on the continent.

“So that is the direction we should go, rather than digging deeper,” he said.

On the way to move the economy forward on the continent, Bassey said Nigeria, for instance, was a richer country before oil for its agricultural potential.

“We had a better education system, we had infrastructure, better social services, better agriculture and the regions were more independent and Nigerians were co-hold ahead of better, and good forex exchange.

“If we look back from where we are coming from, no matter how far we have gone in a wrong direction, it is not too late to retrace our steps,” he said.

Sharing the same view, Salome Nduta, an Kenya environmentalist called for solidarity with the residents of the affected communities in seeking an end to the environmental issue.

“Once we accept this is our problem, we join in solidarity. Because I have watched, I should say I have not watched alone, I should think of what I can do at a personal level .

“We need to constantly speak on behalf of the community suffering from this,” she said.


By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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