OIL RICH NORWAY 2008
It is difficult to image a world without oil being a major determinant for energy source. Oil has become part of our life that most people will wage war for it, some even become addicted and drunk by it while some are willing to continue to supply it at the peril and detriment of its people. The level of dependence on oil and gas is so high due to the fact that variety of by products as chemicals, plastics, detergent, solvents and many more are derived from it so we are trapped and it looks like there could be no other alternative to oil. However, the exploration of this black gold comes with a high price. In some countries the situation is paradoxical while in some its mixed feelings. I became more curious to see how the oil game is played by almost the same players globally. Nigeria with a population of about 140 million people depend solely on oil which constitute 95% of the county's foreign reserve yet proceeds from oil revenue does not get to reach the local people from the oil producing area.
Coming to Norway as an outsider, it was amazing to see that the situation was quite different the children playing outside their school building as a result of good educational system, the elderly woman being taking care off at the old people's home with a life expectancy of 80 years as a result of extensive health care for the elderly and many more, at the same time there is another side of the coin. I came in contact with a group of deep sea divers who claim their health was ruined due to extreme depth diving working in the early years of offshore oil boom, which to me was strange thinking that violation of human rights was not possible in this part of the world. The Lofoten fishing Island facing threat of oil exploration. The oil companies operating in Norway seem to run a double standard in their dealings in context to what is obtainable in the Niger Delta, and this leaves me wondering what becomes of these nations when the oil runs dry?