Re-visiting the question of local content requirements in Nigeria's extractive sector and its implication for sustainable development

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Abstract

This article examines the legal and institutional framework of Nigeria’s local content laws and policy and its implications for sustainable development. These local content legislations are geared towards safeguarding local productivity and aiding the progressive aspirations of its citizens. While commendable in content, there have been questions about policy articulations, implementation and enforcement mechanisms, especially with regards to the Sustainable Development Goals. This paper examines the local content legislation in Nigeria, and how local content policies have shaped community-corporate nexus. This nexus exposes the challenges facing extractive resource governance in a jurisdiction such as Nigeria and the discourses that have permeated legal scholarship on the practical deference to local content by non-state actors. It considers that well designed and implemented local content requirements are catalysts for structural development. To achieve sustainable development of its extractive sector, Nigeria must devise a resolute state led effort and determination to stimulate economic growth and development. It argues for continuous consultation as a bedrock of meaningful engagement.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of African Law
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 12 Apr 2021

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