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Vol 46 No 7

Published 1st April 2005


Oloibiri, oil capital

There is no power or running water in Oloibiri, the town that hosted Nigeria's first oil well, and few visible signs of progress after five decades of oil production. The clinic and hospital, built by the oil giant Shell's Nigerian subsidiary, stands empty for lack of staff and equipment. Successive military and civilian governments have accomplished much less development than Shell but local people do not complain about the lack of government services. They know it will make no difference.

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