Malami stated this while presenting keynote address during the African Arbitration Day at the virtual international conference organized by British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL), Babcook University and the School of International Arbitration at Queen Marry University of London (QMUL).
The HAGF made this known in a statement issued by his media aide Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu, on Thursday September 3rd, 2020.
According to Malami “the whole saga associated with P&ID contract was a product of corruption, fraud and non-compliance with processes and procedures”.
He noted that associated processes and procedures that are required from the agencies involved, associated approvals and permits were not obtained, the Federal Executive Council approval was never sought for the contract and yet the contract was signed “without allowing these processes and procedures to be consummated.
“It is the component of tightening our situation within the context of compliances to procedures and ensuring that there are consequences for wrong doings associated with officers that are found wanting or perhaps compromising along the line,” he continued.
He said the Federal Government was working towards making Nigeria an arbitral proceedings hub rather than working towards a direction of submitting to other jurisdictions as per as arbitration is concerned.
The Minister explained that the government is determined to see what can be done in terms of encouraging the choice of Nigeria as a seat of arbitration “so that what we are doing in terms of strengthening our arbitration and arbitral processes and proceeding are strengthen within the context of making us a hub of arbitration proceeding within the African continent”.
He disclosed that Nigeria has two arbitration centres in Abuja and Lagos that fully equipped and provide all the services required of an arbitration centre.
The Minister noted that Arbitration and Conciliation Act (ACA) 1988 Cap A18, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 is the National Law Governing Arbitration in Nigeria believing that Nigeria’s legal literature and jurisprudence as its relates to arbitration has substantially developed.
Malami said Nigeria has elaborate rules on arbitration as an alternative to litigation adding that Nigeria’s arbitral rules are consistent with the prevailing best practice situation in Africa and the world.
He also said Nigeria’s economic power in Africa now makes it imperative for the country to keep resolving investment disputes through arbitration in order to make Nigeria an investment hub of the continent.
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