National Judicial Institute (NJI) in collaboration with Juris Law Office and the Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) will hold a national workshop for justices of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal as well as Federal High Court Judges.
The workshop is on the role of the Judiciary in the development of Local Content Law in the Oil and Gas Industry.
The chairman, Advisory Board of Juris Law Office, and former Chief Justice of the Federation, Hon. Justice Alfa Belgore, the workshop “is aimed at equipping justices and judges across the country with the appropriate philosophy, legal, fiscal and regulatory issues underpinning Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act.”
He said: “Considering the enormous positive impact this legislation is intended to have in the country’s oil and gas industry, and by extension, the nation’s economy, clear understanding of the philosophy and intended objectives of the Act by our judges and justices is considered critical to its sound interpretation, effective compliance and enforcement.
“NCDMB has tried since inception, using the carrot approach to get the operators and oil servicing companies to comply with the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act. It is time for the Judiciary to move the industry into the next gear by applying the stick within the rule of Law so that the objectives of the Local Content Act can be realised for the benefit of all.”
Similarly, the Founder of Juris Law Office and consultant to NCDMB, Niyi Ayoola-Daniels, a visiting Professor of Energy Law and Policy, in his remarks, applauded the “noble efforts and outstanding achievements of NCDMB Executive Secretary, Engr. Simbi Kesiye Wabote, for driving positive change in the Local Content industry in Nigeria using the instrumentality of the Rule Law and the Judiciary to ensure compliance by oil and gas industry stakeholders to the Local Content Act and NCDMB operational guidelines.”
The workshop would be declared open by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen, while the President, Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkhachuwa, and the Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Kafarati, would also attend.