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Multinational oil companies' channels of communication and conflict resolution in the Niger Delta

Amodu, L. O. and Sobowale, Idowu (2014) Multinational oil companies' channels of communication and conflict resolution in the Niger Delta. Multidisciplinary Journal if the University of Fort Hare, 21 (1). ISSN 0015-8054

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This empirical study explores the communication channels adopted by Shell, Chevron and Agip for conflict resolution in five communities in the Niger Delta. The Niger Delta is one of the volatile areas in Nigeria due to conflicts between various oil companies and host communities, resulting in several cases of kidnapping, vandalism of pipel ines and install ations, and insecurity of I ives and propetties. The oi I companies' direct operations in the communities have directly exposed them to physical risks. Also, considering that host communities hold oil companies responsible for violating their natural environment and destroying their livelihood through the exploration process, oi l companies automatically become a major target. The concer~f the study, therefore, is to investigate the communication channels that the host communities identify as being used by the oil companies for conflict resolution in the Niger Delta. The populati on for this study comprises indigenes of Omoku and Obrikom in Rivers State and Eruemukohwarien, Tisun and Kolokolo communities in Delta State. A quantitative method of data collection (survey) was employed. The findings revealed that the respondents perceived Chevron as the oil company that was least involved in conflicts in their communities, and this was related to the balanced communication channels used by the company

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Communication, channels, conflict, oil companies, host communities
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2016 16:04
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2016 16:04

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