Nigeria, since the Second World War, has executed a series of national development plans. However, the expectations of over six decades of development planning have not been realized. In fact the impressive economic growth recorded over some periods in Nigeria has been accompanied by a number of problems. Nigeria’s development problem also include the increasing agitation and unrest in the Niger Delta area where host communities of oil and gas exploitation and production are demanding improved welfare and a share of the wealth in their land.
Such problems threw up the need for competent organizations that can server as intermediary between the communities and the various multi-national corporations and government institutions. It is against this background the Centre for Population and Environmental Development (CPED) was established to focus on grassroots development issues in the Niger Delta in particular, and other parts of Nigeria, in general.