Outcry over China-Niger oil deal
A multi-billion dollar oil deal between China and the west African state of Niger has been denounced by unions and transparency campaigners.
Civil rights groups in Niger are calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the $5bn (£2.5bn) contract and for scrutiny of how funds will be spent.
China’s state oil company was given oil exploration rights in Niger in June.
There is widespread concern that the people of Niger will not benefit from the country’s oil wealth.
For centuries Africa has failed to gain much benefit from its enormous mineral deposits; they were plundered by colonisers and during wars.
But even when the governments of independent African countries have signed deals with mining companies, the people in those countries have rarely benefited.
Now as resource hungry China expands its business in Africa there are claims that a lack of transparency will once again prevent the people from gaining.
What?? No, of course not… China is communist… how on earth it can “prevent the people from gaining“?
Oh, and who would have said that Niger’s population is 90% Muslim…