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Petroleum Industry Governance Bill

The Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) passed the second reading at the National Assembly on the 2nd of November, 2016 and was referred to the Committee on Petroleum Upstream, Downstream and Gas. The PIGB aims at significantly improving the state of the petroleum industry by dealing with the institutional and governance structure of the industry. Our Senior Partner Gbenga Biobaku and one of our associates Sandra Gini were part of the multidisciplinary team that advised and drafted the PIGB for the Nigerian Senate. The Firm Gbenga Biobaku& Co. acted as lead legal advisers to the Senate on the project.

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The Exclusive Jurisdiction of the National Industrial Court in Labour and Employment Matters

The National Industrial Court is vested with exclusive jurisdiction on all labour, employment and related matters and as such all labour, employment and allied matters pending before State High Courts across Nigeria are required to be transferred to the National Industrial Court. This position was confirmed in the recent case of Josiah Madu vs. Solus Schall Nigeria Ltd (Unrep.)

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Arbitrability of tax issues arising from production sharing contracts – FIRS v. NNPC

The Federal High Court, Abuja in the case of Federal Inland Revenue Service VS. Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation & Others recently decided that an Arbitration Tribunal lacks jurisdiction to determine issues relating to taxation or connected with the Federal Government revenue as such jurisdiction is exclusively conferred on the FHC by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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The New Minerals and Mining Regulations 2011

The Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development (the 'Ministry') recently issued new mining regulations titled the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Regulations 2011 (the 'Regulations')

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NCDMB Issues Draft Regulations for Implementation of the Nigerian Content Act

The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board Issues Draft Regulations For The Implementation Of The Nigerian Oil and gas Industry Content Development Act 2010.

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Employees' Compensation Act 2010

The Federal Government of Nigeria, in its bid to improve the welfare of Nigerian employees recently enacted the Employees' Compensation Act 2010 ('˜ECA' or 'the Act') which introduces a new social security scheme for workers in the country.

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Nigeria Launches Roadmap for Power Sector Reform

President Goodluck Jonathan launched the most comprehensive plan which it tagged Roadmap for Power Sector Reforms aimed at restructuring the power sector and achieve stable electricity in the country.

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Investing in Nigeria's Oil and Gas Industry

Nigeria is one of the world's largest producers of crude oil. The country currently produces an average of 2.5 million barrels of crude oil per day. This makes her the 10th largest producer of crude oil in the world and the 6th largest exporter among OPEC members. Production capacity currently stands at about 3 million barrels per day whilst reserves is about 35 billion barrels which the government intends to increase to 40 billion barrels by the year 2010.

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Taxation of Expatriate

This article examines in a very general way the existing framework for the taxation of expatriates in Nigeria. It considers in brief the applicable tax rate, the portion of the expatriate income that is actually subject to tax, how the tax is calculated, when an expatriate would be deemed resident in Nigeria and how the tax filing is carried out.

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Mining in Nigeria

The Mining Industry is now a global industry with many countries competing for exploration funds. The fierce international competition suggests that mining companies and their investment funds would only go to those countries where the enabling environment would allow the private sector to flourish without hindrance.

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An Investor's Guide to Doing Business In Nigeria

With a population of about 140 million people, Nigeria is undoubtedly Africa's most populous country, making it the African destination of choice for serious investors looking to take advantage of a potentially large market.

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Cabotage Regime in Nigeria - The Implementation Guidelines

The National Assembly on 30th April 2003 passed the Coastal and Inland Shipping (Cabotage) Act (the Cabotage Act) into Law. It was stipulated that the provisions of the Cabotage Act would become enforceable from 1st May 2004. The much awaited guidelines for the implementation of the provisions of the Cabotage Act were eventually released by the Honourable Minister of Transport on 7th of June 2004. We intend to give an overview of the guidelines in this newsletter.

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Recent regulations affecting Banks

As a result of international pressure particularly from the United States of America, some European countries and the global ombudsman, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) based in Paris, France, threatening to apply sanctions on Nigeria and its banks for the rising cases of fraud and sharp practices in the financial system, the Federal Government recently reinforced the country's laws in its bid to tackle the ugly trend.

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Nigeria Sao Tome & Principe Licensing Rounds

After much waiting, Nigeria and Sao Tome on the 22nd of April 2003, flagged off the licensing round for nine oil blocks in the Joint Development Zone (JDZ). The JDZ is an area of overlapping maritime boundary claims between Nigeria and Sao Tome, which both countries have agreed to jointly develop. The area is estimated to hold crude reserves of about six billion barrels.

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