Oil companies are paying billions towards development in the Niger Delta, but it’s having little impact on the ground, say Tijah Bolton-Akpan and Miles Litvinoff.
Tijah Bolton-Akpan studied Mech Engineering at the Fed Univ of Agriculture, Makurdi. However, for nearly two decades, he has devoted his life to the pursuit of social engineering and economic justice. His work has spanned democracy and governance, gender and women empowerment, international trade, budget democracy, environment, and climate change. He is a Fellow of the Gender and Economic Justice Program of the Humboldt University/Heinrich Boell Foundation, Berlin. In the last ten years alone, he has spoken at more than 150 international and local events on issues bordering on democracy, economic justice, and sustainable development. He has consulted for several international development agencies, including the World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, USAID, DFID, and the Heinrich Boell Foundation. In 2014, as a result of his passion for improving lives and enabling citizens rights, he returned to Akwa Ibom State and co-founded Policy Alert, an NGO focused on promoting a more empowered citizenry, stronger institutions, and sustainable communities.