Environmental Degradation in Nigeria: Regulatory Agencies, Conflict of Interest and the use of Unfettered Discretion
Article from: OGEL 1 (2017), in Africa
Environmental pollution resulting from oil and gas exploitation has become part of the everyday lives of the inhabitants of Nigeria’s Niger Delta. This situation persists despite the existence of various legislations and regulatory authorities put in place to check the degradation of the environment. This is largely due to conflict of interest and the unfettered and arbitrary use of ministerial discretion created by the existing regulatory regime. The article examines key legislations governing relevant aspects of the Nigerian oil and gas industry and the main government ...