PUBLIC POLICY AND REGULATION IN THE NIGERIA OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY

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PUBLIC POLICY AND REGULATION IN THE NIGERIAN OIL AND GAS INDUSTRY What is the aim of the study? (there should only be 1 Aim)

To examine the impact of public policy and government regulation on the Nigerian Oil and Gas Industry and suggest proposals for reform. What are the objectives of your study?

To evaluate the existing legal and extra-legal measures used in regulating exploration and production of crude oil in Nigeria, examining the impact of such statutory provisions like the Land Use Act of 1978 and the Nigerian Oil and Gas Content Development Act of 2010 on the industry and discussing their merits and demerits. To find out what current reforms are being planned in the Nigerian Petroleum Industry, for example, The petroleum Industrial Bill (PIB)

What are your research questions?

What are the applicable laws concerning Oil & Gas production/management in Nigeria? Specifically, what is the rationale behind the enactment of some statutes like the Oil and Gas Industry Content Development Act 2010 by the Nigerian Government and how far are public policies biased in favour of “Indigenisation and Nigerianisation” in the oil & gas sector in Nigeria? What are the current proposals for reforms and what are the future trends for the regulation of Oil and Gas management/production in Nigeria?

What is the rationale for your study? (200 - 300 words) Include in your rationale how the research will impact on the organisation

I have chosen to study this particular research topic of ‘Public Policy and Regulation in the Nigerian Oil and Gas Sector’ because it would give me a first-hand understanding of the applicable local laws and regulations pertinent to the Nigerian oil and Gas industry as well as demonstrating a good knowledge of the historical perspectives of state regulation and policies generated by governmental/public interests within the Nigerian petroleum industry.

This Study will enable me to explore some of the challenges facing the Nigerian Oil Production like Kidnapping of oil industrial workers/ investors and theft of Crude oil and examine how the State is responding through its public policy and legal frameworks. It is crucial to know if those responses in legal sense are actually working to the benefit of the people or there are loop-holes. This research will have great impartation on the Nigerian oil and Gas sector because if the study shows any gap or weakness in the applicable laws on this sector, further steps would need to be taken by the Nigerian government to enact new laws or review the existing ones in the interest of the public to bring stability and enhance the economy of Nigeria in the Oil and Gas Industry. Brief review of relevant literature (500 - 600 words) with a minimum of 6 key publications cited.

Books
1. Ariweriokuma. S. (2009) The Political Economy of Oil and Gas in Africa-The case of Nigeria London: Routledge. This book focuses on the Nigerian Oil and Gas industry.
It critically examines the role of Africa in the contribution of Oil and Gas resources to the global energy market and provides an overview of Oil and Gas management activities in some African developing countries. Apart from Nigeria, the book also explores the petroleum production activities in Algeria, Libya, Egypt and Angola and extends its evaluation to the Gulf of Guinea to show its significance as a prolific hydrocarbon bearing zone.

2. Daniels, N Y. (2011) Nigerian Laws, Cases & Materials on Oil & Gas Looseleaf Abuja: Institute for Oil & Gas Law. The book contains detailed Nigeria’s oil and gas legal system including upstream and downstream petroleum and gas operations. The work is a single compendium comprising all current Laws, Regulations, Cases and commentaries relating to the whole oil & gas industry in Nigeria.

3. Gordon, G. Paterson, J. and Usenmez, E. (2011) Oil and Gas Law: Current...

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