Engendering Constitutional Realization of Sustainable Development in Nigeria

April 2, 2019 - Author: Peter Oniemola, Oyinkan Tasie

Oniemola, P., & Tasie, O. (2020). Engendering Constitutional Realization of Sustainable Development in Nigeria. Law and Development Review, 13(1), 159-191.


This article examines the relevant provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) that appear to be in tune with the tenets of sustainable development, which has received much attention at both international and municipal levels. It was found that the relevant aspects of the Constitution on sustainable development are contained in Chapter Two of the Constitution under the fundamental objectives and directive principles of state policy, which include environmental, economic and social objectives. The constitution provides for their non-justifiability to the effect that the court shall not entertain any question on implementation of the objectives. Therefore, constitutional basis for sustainable development in Nigeria has been whittled down. It is contended that given the importance of sustainable development to the well-being of Nigerians and the future generations, it is expedient that the provisions of Chapter Two of the constitution relevant to sustainable development be made justiciable in Nigeria.


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