The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), in a bid towards safeguarding against influence on Issuers by interested persons, issued the Rules Governing Transactions with Related Parties or Interested Persons (the “Rules”).

In the wake of a spiraling downward trend in the price of crude oil, which now stands around US$60 per barrel, Exploration and Production Companies (E&Ps) are pushing to cut down on their costs and postponing some projects. On the international scene, we see some oil majors such as Royal Dutch Shell and ConocoPhillips announcing spending cuts whilst British Petroleum (BP) and Chevron have announced job slashes and in the case of Chevron, the postponement of its drilling budget.

Undoubtedly, Section 131(d) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) prescribes a School Leaving Certificate or its equivalent as the minimum educational qualification for candidates contesting election to the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It stipulates that candidates must be “educated up to at least school leaving Certificate Level or its equivalent”. Said section provides inter alia:

A Critical Analysis of Institutional Reforms in Nigeria’s Oil and Gas Industry

This article first appeared in “Legal Energy” a column in the Nigeria Energy Intelligence.

The Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act 2007 (“the Act”) was passed into law on March 16, 2007 to repeal the Minerals and Mining Act, No. 34 of 1999 for the purposes of regulating the exploration and exploitation of solid materials in Nigeria. This paper reviews the critical aspects of the Act.

1. Introduction

The first part of the article focused on institutional elements of the latest Nigerian Federal Government reform proposals. This part focuses on the operational aspects and reviews issues relating to licensing and environmental issues.


The Petroleum Industry Bill, which promises to change the landscape of Nigeria’s petroleum industry was submitted by the Executive Branch of the Federal Government to the National Assembly in December 2008. The Bill, which has passed through the first and second readings in both houses of the National Assembly, was referred to the relevant committees and public hearings have been held by the Senate and the House of Representatives on the Bill.