Winning the Niger Delta Battle’ Through Sustainable Community-Based Leaning and Outreach: The Challenge of Community Development in Nigeria’s Oil-Rich Region
This paper rests on the argument that the much touted sustainable development in the Niger Delta cannot take its proper root until there is mass tertiary education aimed at equipping the indigenous people of the area with appropriate knowledge and skills, which will complement the haphazardly implemented mass adult and literacy programmes that terminate at the basic literacy level (Secondary Education level). The paper posits that, given the peculiar volatile nature of the Niger Delta, occasioned by a combination of illiteracy, extreme poverty amidst plenty, ignorance on the side of both the government, the oil companies and host Niger Delta communities, poor situation analysis and employment of ill-suited panacea (such as handouts, paltry palliatives and violence) for resolving the seemingly intractable national embarrassment called the Niger Delta crisis, constructive introduction and support of community- driven mass oriented distance higher education, such as can be offered by the Open University System, could be the right first step to the gateway of stemming the crisis.
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