Nigeria’s expansive but untapped mineral wealth is no secret. With sagging global oil prices and an ongoing local insurgency in the oil-rich Niger Delta, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is moving to develop plans to diversify the economy, with its sights set on the mining sector.
A recent call for a vote of no confidence in Chad’s government over its management of the country’s oil wealth shows the level of anger at a deepening economic crisis. As with other oil-producing countries, Chad has waited in vain for prices to recover as two years of economic turmoil have taken their toll.
Bolivia was shaken in late August when its deputy interior minister was killed by striking miners. The government responded by hardening its position, and its interest in compromising with the politically important sector has seemingly been reduced, with implications for the country’s stability.