Tag Archives: Political Ecology

The Application of Frameworks in the Unpacking of the Problematic of Human-Environmental Interaction: The Case of the Qua Iboe River in the Niger Delta of Nigeria (Published)

This paper looks at human-environment interaction (HEI) using the lens of three frameworks- DPSIR, Resilience/ Panarchy and Political Ecology as vehicles for a holistic understanding of the impact of anthropogenic activities on the environment. Drawing evidence from the case of the Qua Iboe River in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria as a marine resource, the complexity in the interaction between the local communities, the Federal Government and the oil companies were identified. The result of this interaction is the pollution of the river and the conflict between the stakeholders. It is therefore recommended among others that there is the need for multilayer governance involving all the stakeholders as a baseline for mitigation of the problem.

 

Keywords: Conflict, DPSIR, Environmental Pollution, Federal government, Niger-Delta, Political Ecology, Qua Iboe River, Resilience, panarchy

The Political Ecology of Election in Nigeria and the Fragility of Democratic Sustainability (Published)

This paper examines the political ecology in Nigeria with focus on   Electoral fraud and its effect on  sustainable democracy in Nigeria. In carrying out this work, descriptive method and Marxian political economy paradigm was employed as the framework of analysis. It was found out among others that electoral fraud undermines participatory democracy. Thus, the input of the people in deciding who rule them is scuttled; popular participation in governance and elections of public officers have been hijacked by political gladiators, god-fathers and god-mothers. Consequently the nations democratic practice appear unstable. To avert this, the paper suggests a total over haul of social structures.

Keywords: Electoral Fraud and Sustainable Democracy, Political Ecology