The 5th Annual Law Series

2011 was a general election year in Nigeria and the preferred theme Managing Investment Policy Reforms in Times of Political Transition reflected the concerns about sustaining policy fidelity regardless of the political preferences of elected leaders.

At the 5th edition of the Annual Law Series, we examined the wisdom behind sustaining investment policies and the methods by which a new government can establish its policy credentials without undoing all the deeds of its predecessors.We sought to draw parallels between Nigeria and India in view of the identical positions both countries occupied fifty years ago and the marked disparity that exists between them today. It questioned how India has sustained its development trajectory despite having similar challenges as Nigeria of huge population growth, ethnic plurality, poverty, illiteracy and even corruption and examined how a new government seeking to highlight the freshness of its administration can do so without necessarily overruling the entirety of its predecessor’s developmental programs.

The second session of the event discussed Administration of Justice and examined The Role of the Bar and the Bench in Times of Political Transition.

Speakers at the first session of the event comprised the Hon. Minister of National Planning and Deputy Chairman of the National Planning Commission, Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman OFR; Prof. Jay Krishnan of the India University Maurer School of Law; Ms. Bolanle Onagoruwa, former Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises and Mr. Kehinde Durosinmi Etti, MD/CEO Skye Bank Plc. The second session paraded resource persons including Hon. Justice Abdullahi Mustapha, former Chief Judge of the Federal High Court; Sir Alfred Eghobamien, SAN and Hon. Justice Wale Abiru.