Barristers & Solicitors
NBA-AGC Sessions: (3) Energizing Institutions

Turning on the light to reveal a pipeline of issues rolling back on the privatisation of the power sector, oiling the wheels of progress, and galvanizing opportunities in the Petroleum Industry bill(s). The institutional and policy environment around the energy sector has been checkered for years and this x-ray is only a prime opportunity at this time.

The Energising development (EnDev) – programme for energy access figures reveal that, over one billion people worldwide have no access to electricity; and of this number Nigeria is second to India on the list of countries with the highest electricity access deficit with 75 million people compared to India’s 263 million persons.

Such energy poverty has a dramatic impact on the quality of life, environment, health, education and income opportunities of those affected. Without access to sustainable energy, it will not be possible to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established by the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It is apparent; energy has an impact on virtually all aspects of social and economic development: business, education, gender equality, health and the environment.

Promoting a sustainable energy sector requires countries to develop far reaching institutions, strengthen energy governance and create conducive regulatory frameworks for their automated development, as well as enshrining efficient planning and management practices over time. Thus, determining the role of lawyers in the growth of the energy sector, the development of energy markets to foster the diffusion of renewable energies and more efficient technologies for households, social institutions and businesses; as well as the marketing of promoted energy related technologies, among other activities is germane at this time.

Ancillary to these are issues of compliance in a contemporary democratic society, future of law and policy in institutions, the path to a distinguished law practice and #ABraveNewBar; and with the impressive panel of speakers, the tide can only turn in your favour.

This promises to be an interesting and mind blowing session. With the array of experts on the fore including Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Dr. Sam Amadi, Azu Obiaya and Alhaji Yusuf Hamisu and Chief Wole Olanipekun.

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By: TML News

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