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Distress ahead in the Nigerian delta?

Far from hitting a 2.2m b/d output target this year, Nigeria’s entire onshore production is now at risk

VIOLENCE in the Niger delta, including attacks on pipelines and destruction of other infrastructure has cost Nigeria its place as Africa's largest oil producer and pushed output to a 20-year low just as the country needed income. It is losing a prime opportunity to capitalise on its significant resources. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, Nigeria's oil minister, told Petroleum Economist recently that he would use "consultation and negotiation to handle oil vandalism", rather than force. But the army could intervene, with the potential to make the problem worse. "The long-term solution to the problems in the Niger delta is continuous engagement and detailed participation of individuals, including myse

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