Rethinking Mineral Resources Extraction in Nigeria: Yesterday, Today and the Road Aheadí
Call for Paper Presentations at the First International Conference on 'Rethinking Mineral Resources Extraction in Nigeria: Yesterday, Today and the Road Ahead' 2-6 March, 2009, University of Lagos Conference Centre, Akoka-Lagos, Nigeria.
The International conference on 'Rethinking Mineral Resources Extraction in Nigeria: Yesterday, Today and the Road Ahead' is being organized by The Centre for Ethnic and Resource Rights Studies (CERRS) in collaboration with the Centre for Constitutionalism and Demilitarization (CENCOD).
The conference is aimed at discussing the following themes as they relate to mineral exploitation and the environment:
1. Exploration and Geo-physical Issues
2. Policy,Resources Management and Environment
3. Ethnicity, Conflicts and the Quest for Resource Rights in Nigeria
4. A Review of Governmental Remediation Policies and Reports
5. Oil Firms and Community Relations
6. Human Capital Development
7. Resources and Human Rights
It has almost become an accepted norm that enormous resources engenders conflicts especially in Africa. Instances abound in almost all resource-rich countries in sub-saharan Afica. Nigeria is no exception and this explains the focus of this conference.Hydrocarbon extraction in Nigeria has come with its gains and pains but to many the pains would seem to constitute enormous challenges to the people and the state. The political economy of oil extraction in the Bights of Benin and Biafra as an intergral part of the Gulf of Guinea present local and international situations necessary for sustained intellectual interrogation.The uncertainties in world energy market along with its consequences in 2008 derived effectively from the developments in the oil-bearing communities in Nigeria. The government's response of constituting a 40 man commitee to advise it on steps to take in the region is still on-going. But, the present effort will complement the above in the context of quality presentations in such areas as
1.Exploration and Pre-Exploitation Surveys (Geo-seismic Exploration/data),
2.Geological Surveys and Minerals Exploration,
3.Environmental Impact Assessment,
4.Oil Spill, Acid Rain,
5.A Review of Hydro-Carbon, Petroleum and Environmental Laws,
6.Resources Management and Revenue distribution, 7.Communitiesí Participation in Resources management, 8.Compensation Regulations,Public Policy, Oil and the Environment,
8.Ethnicity, Conflicts and the Quest for Resource Rights , 9.Theoretical Foundations of Ethnicity and Conflicts,
10.Kidnappings, Military Presence (JTF) and Militant conflicts,
11.Women and Oil Conflicts,
12.The NDDC, Niger Delta Ministry and the 40-Man Technical Committee,
13. The Ogomudia report on the Oil-producing Areas,
14. Oil Politics and Host Communities, Community Relations 15.Oil spills, Emergencies and Ecological Communication,
16. Human Resource Development and Corporate Social Responsibility,
17. Human Capital Development and the Culture of Youth Restiveness,
18.Harmonizing vision 2020, Seven-Point agenda and MDGs,
19. Accountability, Governance and Transparency, etc.
This conference will gather together scholars and others interested in the impact of resorce extraction on national development and regional harmony. Conference organizers invite paper proposals on the themes and sub-themes already reflected above.
English or French abstracts of a maximum of 250 words are to be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com not later than January 31, 2009. The e-mail body serves as the cover page and should include the title of the proposed paper, full name, affiliation, mailing address, telephone and e-mail address of the principal author.
A bio of 100 to 125 words describing the author's background, accomplishments and research interests should also accompany the proposal. Conference Registration is #10,500 or $120.00 payable after the acceptance of the abstract.
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