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Stakeholders seek effective resource management in Niger Delta

By Julius Osahon, Yenagoa   |   10 October 2016   |   1:54 am

Konbowei Benson

Konbowei Benson

For the umpteenth time, stakeholders have advocated for the sustainable management of natural resources in the Niger Delta region.

They argued that the natural resources were fast depleting due to uncontrollable exploitation and poor management.

Speaking at a two-day training workshop for Bayelsa lawmaker’s, organised by the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) in collaboration with Amnesty International, the Co-ordinator of the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development, Nenibarini Zabbey said: “The legal and regulatory frameworks in place are ineffective, adding that “the current paradigm of natural resources governance emphasises adaptive management and systems thinking. This simply means stakeholders’ participation in the management chain.”

The Speaker of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly, Konbowei Benson, who led other lawmakers to the two days workshop, said the training and capacity building was necessary to make society and institutions function better, especially in lawmaking.

He described the theme for the training as apt, adding that the forum came at a time when “the Niger Delta environment has been so bastardized, distorted and wasted”.

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