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Resource control and allocation in Nigerian federalism: The oil dilemma

Shehu, Isah Mohammed and Othman, Muhammad Fuad and Osman, Nazariah (2017) Resource control and allocation in Nigerian federalism: The oil dilemma. International Journal of Management Research & Review, 7 (3). pp. 237-251. ISSN 2249-7196

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Resource control and allocation are an integral part of every federal system.But for Nigeria, stiff disagreements, regional, economic and political power game and controversies over the control and allocation have characterized and negatively affected the success of its federalism. In Nigeria’s practice of federalism for sixty three years, various issues of resource control agitation, controversies, conflicts, disagreement over vertical and horizontal allocation of revenue, corruption and excessive politicking have shaped and dominated the entire federal system. This study examined oil dimension and the process, politics, controversies and conflict of resource control and revenue allocation in Nigeria.Oil has become a problem rather than a solution to Nigeria; the process of oil revenue generation, allocation and resource control have in addition to the quest for development, remained tools for political accommodation, corruption, ethno-religiosity, achieving prebendal ends, seeking relevance and resource misappropriation scheme; over dependence on oil is responsible for the incessant conflicts in the Niger-Delta and factoring more threats to Nigeria’s unity.The politics and controversy have similarly created an inferiority/superiority complex among the oil and non-oil producing states and regions, in addition to horizontal and vertical disagreements.This is further aggravated by abandoning the non-oil sectors of the Nigerian economy.The key solutions to minimize intense politics and controversy over resource control and revenue allocation in Nigeria is diversification of revenue sources and development of the non-oil sector amidst abundance of other natural resources endowed all over the federation.The study recommends proper accountability in all spheres and levels of governance, diversification of revenue bases and sources, especially from the non-oil sector, and squarely addressing other problems of Nigerian federalism among others.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Allocation, Federalism, Oil, Politics, Revenue and Resources.
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Divisions: School of International Studies
Depositing User: Prof. Dr. Muhammad Fuad Othman
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2017 07:55
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 07:57

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