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Nigeria’s Legal Instruments for Land and Water Use: Implications for National Development

Omole, D. O. and Ndambuki, J.M. (2015) Nigeria’s Legal Instruments for Land and Water Use: Implications for National Development. In: In-Country Determinants and Implications of Foreign Land Acquisitions. Business Science Reference, 1 . IGI Global, Hershey, PA, USA, pp. 354-373. ISBN 9781466674059

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This chapter critically assesses the administration of land and water resources in Nigeria. Reasons why the Land Use Act has not met its objectives are discussed. It also assesses reasons why despite abundant water resources, numerous laws, and multiple governing institutions, Nigeria is still struggling to meet the national demand for water supply. The chapter concludes by suggesting specific amendments to the administration of both land and water resources. The main thrust of the suggested amendments is to address the current situation where government arrogates absolute authority on all land and water resources to itself. It is suggested that the government should consider adopting a multi-lateral relationship where government, private investors, traditional land owners, and prospective land buyers are co-decision makers in charting the future for the administration of land and water resources. This is aimed at eliminating associated problems such as delays, tenure insecurity and proliferation of peri-urbanization the current system.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: water, land, customary law, statutory law, Nigeria, Land Use Act, urban, rural, government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Dr D.O. OMOLE
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2015 11:46
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2015 11:46

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