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THE IMPACT OF OIL COMPANIES IN THE NIGERIA DEVELOPMENT PROCESS (A STUDY OF NNPC PORT-HARCOURT)
1.1 BACKGROUND OF THE STUDY
The amount of the producer’s wealth is a guess depending on price, method, and level of out put and peace of production. Nigeria is an Oil producing nation, and oil occupies a very important position among the nation’s revenue sources. Its significance in the nation’s economy cannot be explained solely in terms of barrels produced and sold.
Other important variables such as the dynamics of international energy marketers the role of organization of petroleum exporting countries (OPEC) the political realities. With the very strategic position oil revenue occupies in the Nigerian economy, accounting for over three quarters of government revenue from all sources, Nigeria has always dreaded unfavourable changes from oil prices in general and from OPEC’s holds the you and the knife. This phenomenon has earned the popular saying that “when OPEC’s oil polices in particular as these changes severely and jointly effects our national development process, OPEC determines the number of barrels of oil to be produced and sold per day by any member country. In this pragmatic position. OPEC holds the yam and the knife. He determines whatever portion any members nations eats. This phenomenon has earned the popular saying that when OPEC sneezed, member nation economy cried out”
Presently, revenue from oil is trying to wake up from a deep slumber it fell into so many years now. With the current OPEC production, export volume, domestic consumption level, Nigeria expects a brighter future and has based the budgets on the proceeds. these show not only Nigerian economy on oil revenue for instance the majority of the estimated federally collectable revenue comes from oil source while non-oil source are expected to yield a minority of total estimated revenue.
At the time ol was discovered in commercial quantity in Nigeria in 1956 up to the time production and exploration took place in 1958, the country had relied on imported petroleum products to meet its domestic requirements. As oil had not started to occupy the commanding height of the national economy, exploration and production were in the hands of a British company (shell D’AVCY 9 Shell BP). The emphasis of the government dividing this period was to provide a roper advisory an regulatory body to supervise the activities of the foreign oil companies. This company shall D’AVCY (now shall BP) continued as the sole concessionaire in Nigeria until 1959 when exclusive exploration right become available to companies of other nationalities . in 1961, other companies Gulf, Agip, Safrep (Now EIF) Tennesco and Amoseas (now Texaca Nig. Ltd0 Mobile, AP etc, started jointly the explorers for oil in the on share areas on Nigeria.
As the years went by, petroleum policy was geared towards direct and active participation in the three phases of the industry, namely, exploration and drilling, refining,. Distribution and marketing. Hence after reacting a production level of 1.531 mbd in 1973 representing about 31 of total world oil production and the establishing herself as an oil province, Nigeria joined the organization of petroleum exporting countries (OPEC). With the Nigerian enterprises promotion decree 1977, this figure had gone up to about 60 in some of the oil companies. Similarly the Nigerian national oil corporation (Nnod was established in 1971 to give effect to direct exploitation of the countries strategic resources.
1.2 STATEMENT OF PROBLEM
Oil is a commodity like no other; it is a prime source of energy that cannot be quickly replaced. Its production is held in few hands. Its producers can chosen at the turn of value either to increase its flower to reserve it in the ground. In the further, in it stores value of 1.291 mbd and atterage domestic consumption of 3000,00mbd. Since the oil boom, one would expect a reasonable level in growth, development and industrial listen but evidence has provided otherwise.
Although Nigerian oil industry has contributed largely to the growth effort in the country and has provided enhanced revenue to the government especially during the oil boom 1970’s the full benefits of the industry have been realized. Indeed. Nigeria’s oil industry has operated with minimum linkage. Indeed, Nigeria oil industry has operated with minimum linkage with the ret of the economy. For instances for over thirty years of commercial discovery, production and exploitation of crude oil, petroleum technology for your industrialization and development will our oil revenue has been virtually impossible. The bulk of our oil revenue is therefore spent on the importation of various-consumer goods capital goods and other agriculture produce which could be cultivated in Nigeria in reasonable quantity thus our hard-earned oil revenue has only successes in keeping foreign farmers employed and in keeping foreign industries working. In this manner the evidence of substantial growth in the economy has either resulted neither into much development nor into significant transformation of the economy.
The marketing and distribution of petroleum products were entirely in the private hands. This lasted up to 1975 when the private companies cold no longer meet the domestic demand for the product. This was as a result of the expansion of economic activities and the unprecedented explosion in the demand for the products owing to the quick recovery from there Nigeria civil war (1967-1970).
Prior to this time, there was lack of uniformity throughout the country in the price of petroleum products. The pump price system, depending on the point of sale. The oil marketing companies naturally concentrated heir lower and profit were highest. Lagos and Port-Harcourt areas were well served while the hinterlands were process of economic growth and development of all nations. Majority of people hold the vent that oil has not played a crucial role in the process of economic growth and development of Nigeria due to advance domestic bottlenecks of petroleum product, lack of adequate road tempers and uneasy assess to spare parts.
Others on the other hands hold he view that major constraints lie with the international bottlenecked. The shady oil deals smuggling and bunkering, crude oil price glut and the Nigeria membership in organization of petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
1.3 OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY
Having defined the problem of the project study and concluded by brining our the overall aim of the research, it is necessary at this juncture, to present the specific objectives which this work intends to achieve.
In other to carry out this study and in view of the stated objectives of this work, there hypothesis have been formulated they are:
Ho: The contribution of oil sectors in Nigeria justifies the huge investments being committed to the sector by federal government.
Hi: The contribution of oil sectors in Nigeria justifies the huge investments being committed to the sector by federal government.
Ho: The erratic nature of the world oil prices has no influence on the trend of the Nigerian economic development efforts.
Hi: The erratic nature of the world oil prices has been a great influence on the trend of the Nigerian economic development efforts.
Ho: Domestic consumers of petroleum petrol diesel, kerosene, etc are not satisfied with the present level of distribution of the products.
Hi: Domestic consumers of petroleum petrol diesel, kerosene, etc are satisfied with the present level of distribution of the products.
1.5 RESEARCH QUESTION
The following research questions were formulated in the course of this research work.
1.6 SIGNIFICANCE OF THE STUDY
This work is significant in exposing the intricacies in oil industry with the view to making strategic the position this sector holds in Nigerian economy public the mina stay of the economy.
It will equally make laudable the need diversify the Nigerian economy and pay attention to other revenue source especially agriculture source is said that, two good heads are beer than one. In the same avian, oil is never and will remember be the only source of energy Nigeria is endowed abundantly with other energy source, namely coal, natural gas and uranium.
Information and recommendation given in this work will not only be useful to the oil companies in formatting better polices to improve their distribution system but will also be useful to the government in checking the undue excesses of hoarding, bunkering and smuggling of petroleum products, and more importantly the dwindling of the crude oil prices.
Finally the result from this study will be useful for further studies into this aspect of our economy especially the inefficiencies associated with the oil industry arising from wide spread stratagem, tendencies toward price increased or decrease with the attendant social economic unrest.
1.7 SCOPE OF THE STUDY
Besides Lagos, Port-Harcourt and Warri in the Southern part of Nigeria, this work also covers four states in the North. They are Sokoto, Bornu, Kano and Kaduna. The financial constraints and time suffered in transporting the researcher to those places were enormous. The questionnaires for domestic purpose cover literate and illiterate consumer of petroleum product. Some of their answers were biased but the biases were to infinitesimal to affect the result of the findings.
On the part of the executives, some, felt to big to give full information required where as some, due to the competitive nature of the industry, were reluctant in releasing all the information needed.
Lastly but most importantly adjustment to a change in the school system is not so easy. The semester system recently introduced in the universities of Nigeria from the trimester system greatly affected he amount of time spent and adjustment in certain areas especially where lecturers had to be missed.
1.8 LIMITATION OF THE STUDY
This research work was however, hampered, by the following unavoidable constraints.
1 Time: The battle of carrying out this research with the semester academic work was enormous and tedious. The researcher could only manage any available time at her disposal that would not disturb her own academic works.
2 Resource Constraint: The financial need of the research work is also enormous. The fact the researcher is prone to only a paltry fixed a salary at the end of every month were daily bread, is met has actually limited the research work because of the cost of data collection.
3 Respondents: The information used was based on that provided by top management staffs that are given as actual participants in the keeping and disbursement of funds.
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