Participation and Environmental Policy Formulation and Implementation in Niger Delta Region of Nigeria

Abstract

The paper examined Participation and Environmental Policy Formulation and Implementation in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria. The paper argued that the non-participation of the people of Niger Delta region in the formulation and Implementation of Environmental Policy to a very large extent contributed to environmental policy failure. This, the paper noted is mainly as a result of the hiccups in the democratization process in Nigeria. The inability of the people to decide who their leader becomes has ostensibly led to the insensitivity of the leaders to the felt needs of the people and the subsequent alienation of the people from the process of Public Policy formulation and implementation, especially the environmental policy. The paper relied on secondary sources of data. The paper observed among others, that the non-participation of the people in the formulation and implementation of Environmental Policy to a very large extent is responsible for the inefficacy of environmental policy to protect the environment in the Niger Delta Region. The paper recommended that the democratic institutions and the institutional framework should be strengthened for the protection of the environment and should reflect the yearnings and aspirations of the people of Niger Delta

Keywords: Niger Delta Region; Public Policy., Participation; Environmental Policy; Formulation; Implementation; Democracy


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