Communication and Resource Conflict Resolution: The Case of Aguleri-Kogi Feud Over Ownership of Crude Oil Finds

Allen Nnanwuba Adum, Ogochukwu Ekwenchi, Emeka Odogwu, Kobimdi Umeh


Conflict is inevitable among communities especially where there are vested interests or contentious boundaries. This paper analyzed the role and effect of communication in conflict resolution within community setting. The controversy investigated was Aguleri-Kogi Crude Oil ownership feud otherwise known as “Crude oil War”, which had led to loss of many lives and property in both communities. Using literature review methodology, which borders on conflict and conflict resolution; effects of communication in conflict prevention and resolution; historical account of  Anambra River Basin Communities; and,  efforts of stakeholders in the various communities towards resolution of the resource conflict, it was observed that conflict can be either good or bad, depending on the way it is handled; that poor communication escalates conflict; and, that effective communication, anchored on dialogue and negotiation, is the key to conflict resolution.  We observed that both parties in Aguleri-Kogi feud relied more on litigations in settling their resource dispute which has lingered for a long time. This paper, therefore, suggested among other things, the need for the stakeholders in conflicts to embrace negotiation and dialogue in the resolution of differences.

Keywords: Aguleri-Kogi feud, Anambra River Basin, Crude oil ownership, Resource conflict

DOI: 10.7176/JRDM/56-06

Publication date:June 30th 2019

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