Roles of Rivers State Community Affairs Department in Conflict Resolution between Host Communities and Oil-Companies

DOI: 10.4236/oalib.1102198   PDF   HTML   XML   727 Downloads   1,102 Views   Citations

Abstract

The study analyzed the roles performed by the Rivers State community affairs department in conflict resolution between host communities and oil-companies in Rivers State, Nigeria. Multi-stage sampling, involving the consensus, random sampling and snowball techniques were used in selecting the sample size of 139 respondents which was used for the study. The questionnaire and interview schedule were used in the elicitation of data. Data were analyzed with percentage, mean and analysis of Variance (ANOVA). Result shows that the major roles performed by the Department were mediating (3.85), facilitating (3.42) and organization of workshops (3.08). Further result indicated that while the Department (3.08) itself and oil companies (3.49) accepted the roles performed by the Department as being satisfactory, the community (2.74) respondents were not satisfied. The major constraints to the roles performed by the Department were inaccessibility into community of conflicts, lack of funds and limited resources to work with. Good access into community of conflict, sufficient funding and resources to work with was recommended for enhanced roles of the Department in Rivers State.

Share and Cite:

Nlerum, F. and Epepe, M. (2015) Roles of Rivers State Community Affairs Department in Conflict Resolution between Host Communities and Oil-Companies. Open Access Library Journal, 2, 1-8. doi: 10.4236/oalib.1102198.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

References

[1] Miller, C.E. and King, M.E. (2005) A Glossary of Terms and Concepts in Peace and Conflict Studies. End Edition, University for Peace in Africa, Geneva.
[2] Ekong, E.E. (2003) Rural Sociology: An Introduction and Analysis of Rural Nigeria. Dove Educational Publishers, Uyo.
[3] Miller, C.A. (2003) A Glossary of Terms and Concepts in Peace and Conflict Studies. University for Peace, Africa Programme, Geneva.
[4] Dokun, O.P. (2005) Conflict and Content of Conflict Resolution in Nigeria. Awolowo University Press Limited, Ile-Ife.
[5] Swanstron, N.P. and Weissman, M.S. (2005) Conflict, Conflicts Prevention, Conflict Management and Beyond: A Conceptual Exploration. A Publication of Central Asian Caucasus Institute, Silk Road Studies.
www.silkroadstudies.org
[6] Zartman, W.I. (2000) Conflict Management. The Long and Short of It. SAIS Review, 20, 227-235.
[7] Mitchell, C. and Bank, M. (1998) Handbook on Conflict Resolution. The Analytical Problem-Solving Approach, London Printer.
[8] Niger Delta Human Development Report (2006).
http://www.ng.undo.org/documents/Nigeria-delta-hdr.pdf
[9] Human Rights Watch (1995) Nigeria, the Ogoni Crisis: A Case Study of Military Repression in South Eastern Nigeria.
[10] Ibaba, S.I. and Philips, O.O. (2009) Resolving Militia Conflicts in the Niger Delta: The Role and Strategies of Mediation. University of Idaho. 1-18.
[11] Ebijunu, H.T. (2008) Oil Resources and Violence in Rivers State of Nigeria: Implication and the Way Forward. A Thesis submitted to European University Centre for Peace Studies, Stadschlaining/Bury, Austria.
[12] Jonah, O. (2009) Negotiation and Mediation Process. In: Ikejiani-Clark, M., Ed., Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution in Nigeria: A Reader, The Spectrum Books Limited, Ibadan, 1-631.
[13] Tomajan, K. (2012) Advocating for Nurses and Nursing. Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 17, Manuscript 4.
[14] Rivers State Department of Community Affairs (2011) Ministry of Chieftany and Community Affai.rs, Port Harcourt.
[15] Judy, L.K. and Jerry, F. (2007) Research for Effective Social Work Practice: New Direction in Social Work. A McGraw-Hill Series.
[16] Afolami, C.A. and Ayanwale, A.O.S. (2007) Adoption Rates of Improved Maize Production Technologies in Ogun State Agricultural Development Programme Zones of Nigeria. International Journal of Food and Agricultural Research, 4, 93-109.
[17] Umunadi, E.K. (2011) The Efficacy of Mediating and Negotiation Methods for Dispute Resolution in Delta State. Sacha Journal of Policy and Strategic Studies, 1, 64-73.
[18] Folade, O.A., Ogedenghe, K. and Bickersteth, T. (2006) Managing Environmental Conflicts in the Oil Producing Areas of Nigeria. Trends in Applied Sciences Research, 1, 259-272.
http://dx.doi.org/10.3923/tasr.2006.259.272

  
comments powered by Disqus

Copyright © 2020 by authors and Scientific Research Publishing Inc.

Creative Commons License

This work and the related PDF file are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.