Dam Politics in Northern Nigeria: The Case of the Kafin Zaki Dam

Kole Ahmed Shettima


Considerable political contention has
developed over the dams and large-scale
irrigation schemes in northern Nigeria.
The reasons are the resettlement of people
that they require as well as their environmental effects, their economic
inefficiency and other social consequences.
This article discusses these issues
with reference specifically to the
Kafin Zaki Dam proposal, challenging
the conventional image of an alignment
of international organizations and domestic elites on one side and grassroots
forces on the other. The conclusion is
that the political contest is carried out
essentially at the elite level and that
state and international agencies at
times do oppose mega-projects that displace
people and disrupt ecological processes.

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