Nigeria’s Land Use Act: An Anti-Thesis to Environmental Justice

Journal of African Law, Vol. 53, No. 2, pp. 289-304, 2009

16 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2010  

Rhuks Temitope Ako

OGEES Institute

Date Written: January 7, 2010

Abstract

Nigeria’s Land Use Act, promulgated in 1978, is perhaps the most controversial legislation in the country. The Act, originally promulgated as a decree and annexed to the country’s constitution, was ostensibly made to nationalize landholding in the country. However, the peculiar impact of the Act on the inhabitants of the Niger Delta region that hosts upstream activities of the oil industry has led to assertions that the Act was made specifically to deprive those inhabitants of the right to participate actively in the oil industry. This article examines the impact of the Act on the right of inhabitants to access justice. It argues that the Act obstructs their rights to environmental justice and is a fundamental cause of the violent conflicts that pervade the region.

Suggested Citation

Ako, Rhuks Temitope, Nigeria’s Land Use Act: An Anti-Thesis to Environmental Justice (January 7, 2010). Journal of African Law, Vol. 53, No. 2, pp. 289-304, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1532987

Rhuks Temitope Ako (Contact Author)

OGEES Institute ( email )

Afe Babalola University
Ado-Ekiti
Nigeria

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