Across the world, journalists have been key to uncovering malfeasance in the natural resources sector. Media have exposed illicit activities by international oil companies like Royal Dutch Shell in Nigeria. They have shed light on Cameroon petroleum contracts that bring few benefits to locals and to national accounts.
NRGI set out to collect total oil, gas and mining revenue data for the countries included in the Resource Governance Index to find out how many dollars flow to governments that mismanage the handling of their natural resources.
When Premium Times began investigating the Malabu oil scandal—which involves Royal Dutch Shell and Eni, as well as former Nigeria petroleum minister Dan Etete and other politically exposed persons—there was little sense of where the Nigerian newspaper’s reporting would lead.
In most countries, national governments negotiate extraction contracts with companies and collect the revenues, but it is those closest to the extraction site that see their physical and economic landscape change most dramatically.