Fuel Scarcity, Corruption, and Sustainable Development in Nigeria: A Review

Research areas: Year: 2015
Type of Publication: Article Keywords: Fuel Scarcity, Corruption, Sustainable Development, Masses
  • &, Asmau Sani Maikudi
  • Aliyu, Mustapha Abdullahi
Journal: Journal of Social Sciences and Public Affairs Volume: 5
Number: 2 Pages: 1-16
Month: December
This study sociologically describe the implications of fuel scarcity on the masses, while interrogating sustainable development in,vis-à-vis state fiscal responsibilities as enshrined in the constitution. Secondary data provided the background and substantive information in the presentation. Theoretical triangulation between the Resource Curse and Social exchange theories provided explanative guide. Focusing on political and economic happenings associated with corruption as relating to the incessant fuel scarcity in 2012-2014 in the nation, the study illustrate and demonstrates the interplay between genuine need for a nationally abundant commodity like fuel in Nigeria and the possibility of aggravating corruption which is widespread at macro- and micro level. The findings reintegrate among other things that negative socio-economic realities in the nation manifested in, lawlessness, crime, militancy, Boko-haram violence, and other social problems are reverberation and reactionary complications resulting from the implications of grand corruption in the society, occasioned by resources mismanagement, an act which is unsustainable. The development is not only deplorable but compromises the goals of sustainable development in human, physical and environmental spheres of Nigeria’s development. Hence, the recommendations are among other things poverty reduction, revitalization and building of our old and new refineries by the government and its encouragement of use of other sources of energy such as: nuclear, gas and coal in the nation.