at the Olisa Agbakoba Arbitration and Mediation Centre, and Mr Victor Nwakasi,
an Assistant Director, have made a case for the need to have a workable
National Arbitration Policy.
pointed to the importance of such policy to investment development and economic
which usually arose in the course of commercial transactions were however
arbitrated in foreign countries, for the fact that 80 per cent of those
transactions were generated in Nigeria.
the centre, is inimical to Nigeria’s economic empowerment plan and wealth
creation, thereby making it necessary to have a policy to avoid such economic
Dispute Resolution are crucial factors to investment development and economic
growth and have become international best practices resorted to in resolving
corporate disputes of various magnitudes.
volume of commercial transactions (both domestic and international with about
80 percent of these transactions originating or terminating in Lagos.
Unfortunately, dispute arising from these transactions are ultimately
arbitrated in foreign countries.
purely Nigerian) arbitration cases to arbitral venues outside Nigeria is
unhelpful to Nigeria’s plan for economic empowerment, wealth creation and
development. This means colossal loss of revenue to diverse experts and
professionals and not just lawyers.
promote and support a national initiative on Arbitration. The aim will be the
promotion of Arbitral Institutions, Legislation and Practice Culture in
Nigeria,” the paper read in part.
Olisa Agbakoba Legal through its arbitration arm, Olisa Agbakoba Arbitration and
Mediation Center, proposed to work with relevant stakeholders to promote a National
Arbitration Policy Dialogue.
to the centre include, but not limited to, “Review the existing framework for arbitration and recommend appropriate
legal, institutional and regulatory frameworks based on international best
practices obtainable in developed economies.
arbitration as an instrument of dispute resolution.
in form of conference or workshop on development of arbitration.
the Federal Republic of Nigeria of the policy of inserting domestic arbitration
clauses in all federal government agreements.”
remained the preferred dispute resolution mechanism for corporate and
commercial disputes and an important tool for economic development.
position Nigeria as a hub of arbitration in sub Saharan African and a choice of