So our recent post on the sad state of life in Nigeria—and the role that American companies has played in the problem—has drawn lots of attention. Here are two interesting viewpoints.
Skip Rope—one of our regular readers for over a year now—wrote:
Interesting topic with a lot at stake.
After watching the link there seems to be a lot of unrest in the Niger Delta. This unrest is making life very uncomfortable for many people. It seems that the profits that the Nigerian government is getting from this oil production is not being distributed to the correct areas.
I’m do not believe that this is an American companies issue.
It seems that the Nigerian government has to address the distribution of oil profits and how they can improve the region of the Niger Delta.
Where could Shell help? I believe they could offer their assistance and expertise on how to prevent the mulitiple oil spills or how to clean up in the event that there is a leak(manmade or mechanical failure) in the lines.
I also don’t believe in the no “take back’s” opinion. If there was proof that an American company was preying on the incompetance of the Nigerian Delta region then the US government should strongly advise the company to re-address compensation. I do not believe that this is the case in this situation and that the economy can be improved in the Delta by their own government.
And Shakespeare—A new reader with GREAT comments—wrote:
Definition of Niger: Niger is a landlocked sub-Saharan country in Western Africa situated north of Nigeria, east of Mali, and south of Algeria and Libya, named after the Niger river. The capital city is Niamey
Definition of oil: A slippery or viscous liquid or liquefiable substance not miscible with water
Definition of a developing country: Low- and middle-income countries in which most people have a lower standard of living with access to fewer goods and services than do most people in high-income countries. There are currently about 125 developing countries with populations over 1 million; in 1998, their total population was more than 5.0 billion.
What the US is doing!
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