Legal issues arising from the termination of oil prospecting licences by the Nigerian government

Abba Kolo

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    Abstract

    When it came to power in 1999, the present Nigerian Government cancelled several contracts, including oil prospecting licences, that had been set up by the previous military regime. This article assesses the policy implications of the cancellation of the contracts in terms of the country's ability to attract foreign investment and discusses recent attempts to encourage foreign investment in Nigeria. The article goes on to examine the legal nature of petroleum prospecting licences and argues for the contractual element to take precedence over the administrative element under the current liberal investment climate.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)164-175
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Energy and Natural Resources Law
    Volume19
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2001

    Keywords

    • Prospecting licences
    • Petroleum industry
    • Nigeria
    • Termination of contracts

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