This report presents analyses and monitoring reports of the 2009 state and local government budgets of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers States by members, volunteers and associates of the Niger Delta Citizens and Budget Platform (NDCBP).
Events in the last three decades seem to indicate that the international community prefers post-conflict mediation and reconstruction, rather than crisis prevention. This appears to be the case especially by western governments. On the surface at least, instead of investing in crisis prevention, governments and institutions hedge their bets, measure domestic pulses, and engage in endless debates and diplomatic niceties insofar as a looming disaster is concerned.
According to the United Nations, “the collapse of state authority, erosion of basic services, marginalization and exclusion of youth and women and endemic poverty over several decades were significant contributing factors to Sierra Leone's decade of war” which lasted from1991 until 2002.
Nigerian Militants Vow to Resume Attacks Next Week
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ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigeria's main militant group vowed to resume attacks after a cease-fire expires next week, while the government said Thursday that more than 8,000 militants had disarmed as part of an amnesty program.