THE CONSTITUTIONAL ROLE OF THE NIGERIAN STATE ON THE ENVIRONMENT: A CRITICAL APPRAISAL

Ogidiagba Ufuoma Benson & Umuakpo Oviemuno Fredrick
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Journal of Inter-Disciplinary Studies on Contemporary Issues 2016 2(1), 101-112. Published: July 22, 2016


Abstract

The Nigerian State has continued to play an unsatisfactory role in the management of the environment and her politics. Analysts and social commentators are of the view that the roles played so far by the Nigerian state in the management of environmental issues have been very disappointing and frustrating, thus, putting our environment and indeed inhabitants in serious health danger. This paper critically examines the role played by the Nigerian State since independence with regards to environmental issues. The paper begins with the conceptualization of the modern state by looking vividly at the various schools of thought. It goes further to highlight the relevant theoretical approaches which link it to the Nigeria experience. After thoroughly examining the dismal performance of the State in ensuring environmental protection which would enhance sustainable development, the paper recommends that among others that the Nigerian State, as a matter of urgency put in place relevant measures to enhance the protection of the environment as a way of combating environmental degradation and ensuring sustainability.