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A COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY PARTICIPANTS AT THE 2ND NATIONAL ENERGY WORKSHOP ORGANISED BY IIPELP IN COLLABORATION WITH THE NATIONAL JUDICIAL INSTITUTE ON 5-6 APRIL, 2016

PREAMBLE:

Whereas the National Judicial Institute (the Institute) is the statutory body established by the National Judicial Institute Act, Cap N55 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 with a mandate of facilitating continuing education for Judicial Officers and their support staff.

Whereas the International Institute for Petroleum, Energy Law and Policy (IIPELP) proffers solutions to the current gap that exists in knowledge, institutional development, governance, legal and regulatory framework for the energy industry in Nigeria and Africa. 

Whereas the Board of Governors of the Institute under the Chairmanship of Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed, GCON, FNJI, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, approved that the Workshop be organised for Judicial Officers in Nigeria.

Whereas the IIPELP in collaboration with the National Judicial Institute (NJI) organised and held the Workshop for the said Judicial Officers for two days in Abuja with the theme: “Emerging Legal & Policy Reforms in the Petroleum & Power Sectors of Nigeria”.

And Whereas a total of 76 Justices/Judges attended the Workshop made up of:
• 5 Supreme Court Justices,
• 13 Court of Appeal Justices,
• 5 Heads of Courts,
• 29 Federal High Court Judges,
• Judges from the FCT High Court,
• National Industrial Court,
• State High Courts i.e Abia, Akwa-Ibom, Anambra, Bayelsa, Cross-River, Delta, Imo, Ondo, Osun, Oyo and Rivers State) and 
• 42 Lawyers and Industry (Power and Petroleum) Stakeholders attended the Workshop where a total of twelve (12) papers were presented.

Appreciation
The Organising Committee of the Workshop wishes to show appreciation to the Chief Justice of Nigeria and Chairman Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute, Hon. Justice Mahmud Mohammed, GCON, FNJI, Hon. Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, Justices of the Supreme Court, Justices of the Court of Appeal, all Heads of Courts, other Justices and Judges in attendance, the Administrator of the National Judicial Institute, the Founder and President of IIPELP, Professor Niyi Ayoola-Daniels, Dr. Timothy Okon, CEO of IIPELP Group, Dele Oye Esq, Workshop Coordinator and members of IIPELP Advisory Board and dignitaries who participated and contributed to the success of the Workshop. 

Now Therefore, Participants having listened to the presentations and actively participated resolved as follows:

1.That due to the dynamism in the Petroleum and Power Sectors, there is need for Judges to specialise in this area of the law to effectively empower them to handle cases emanating from these Sectors.
2. That there is the need for continuous capacity building for Judicial Officers in order to acquaint them with current trends and reforms in the Petroleum and Power Sectors. 
3. That Judicial Officers are encouraged to explore the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms in resolving dispute emanating from Petroleum and Power transactions.
4. That there is need for the creation of a credible source of information in the Petroleum and Power Sectors.
5.That there is need for the review of enabling Acts setting up the regulatory bodies in the Petroleum and Power sectors, in order to reflect current best practices obtainable in the industry.
6. That there is need for regular sensitisation of the public on their rights of complaint at the National Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC) as a means of resolving any dispute before proceeding to Court.
7. That there is need for the Nigerian Government at all levels to respect and honour commitments voluntarily entered into as this will further encourage investments in the Petroleum and Power sector, thereby galvanising the economy towards productivity.
8. That the roles of the Judiciary and capacity building Institutions such as IIPELP are key to the realisation of the objectives of the Petroleum and Power Sector reform.

Gratitude
Participants thanked the Administrator of the National Judicial Institute, Hon. Justice R.P.I Bozimo, OFR, IIPELP, Chairmen of Sessions, Resource Persons, Management and Staff of the NJI for a successful Workshop.

Dele Oye, Esq.
Chairman, Planning Committee

 

 

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