A Lawyer and an Arbitrator, Mrs Ewuwuni Onnoghen- Theophilus says the need to bridge the gap in Nigeria’s legal jurisprudence motivated her to write the first book on Construction law in the Country.
Mrs Ewuwuni stated this in an interview with Housing TV in Abuja.
According to her “I noticed there was no book on construction law in Nigeria, construction law is a relatively unexplored area in Nigeria. Unlike its brothers, oil and gas law, intellectual property law, maritime law, my dad actually suggested I go for my masters in construction law, I was curious, why construction law?”
She further added that “construction law is also known as Building law, Engineering Law, Infrastructure law, there are a lot of foreign textbooks on it but there is no Nigeria indigenous book on it based on our laws and principles that govern construction projects”
MrsEwuwuni said her book which was released in 2016 will help foreign investors among others to know what they are going to face, adding that it also reviewed forms of standard of contract in Nigeria, standard form of building contract in Nigeria, reviewed contract for the general procurement of works as drawn up by the Bureau of Public Procurement.
Barr. Ewuwuni described construction law as a law that deals basically with the contract in respect of construction of buildings, roads, rails, bridges and infrastructure generally.
She said “it is basically law of contract, the contract that has to do with getting buildings up, constructing roads, bridges, infrastructure, the contract to which the parties to a construction project enter into”
The Author advised that the contract should entail payment terms, period of payment, currency of payment, what documents should be submitted by the contractor to entitle him for payment, scope of the work clause, quality of the materials, level of skill of the workman, how to vary the contract and a dispute resolution clause.
The book will be available at the 12th Abuja International Housing Show for purchase.