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LAW 443

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW I

NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY OF NIGERIA

SCHOOL OF LAW

COURSE CODE: Law 443

COURSE TITLE: Administrative Law I

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LAW 443

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW I

Course Code: Course Title: Course Developer/Writer: Administrative Law I

Law 443

Simeon Igbinedion, LL.B., LL.M., B.L., PH.D., Faculty of Law, University of Lagos. Professor Animi Awah Ifidon Oyakhiromen, LL.B, LLM, M.Phil, Ph.D, BL

Course Editor:
AG. Dean,/Programme Leader:

Course Coordinator:

Mr. Ayodeji ige, LLM, BL

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LAW 443

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW I

COURSE GUIDE
CONTENTS PAGE

Introduction ……………………………………………………………………….. 1 What You Will Learn in this Course …………………………………………….... 2 Course Aims ………………………………………………………………………. 3 Course Objectives ………………………………………………………………… 3 Study Units ……………………………………………………………………….. 3-4 Tutor-marked Assignment ……………………………………………………....... 4

References/Further Reading ……………………………………………...……. 4

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LAW 443

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW I

Introduction Consider a situation where your residential property in which you have lived for decades has been demolished by the authorities of the FCT, or the Lagos State Ministry of Environment for allegedly being located in an industrial area. Suppose some customs officers at a checkpoint found you in possession of items which they claim to be contraband and, therefore, seized pursuant to the new Customs policy of zero-tolerance of goods likely to endanger the economic growth or contribute to the economic adversity of the country? But it turns out that you can, in law and in fact, possess or own those items. Imagine yourself as a principal of Secondary School in Lagos State. The host community of your School wrote a petition against you to the Ministry of Education. Acting on the petition, the Ministry indefinitely suspended you and later retired you compulsorily. How about a circumstance where a government department refuses you entry into its premises on the ground that you are not affiliated to a particular religion? Or where, upon your entry into the premises of a government agency, you were ordered by the sole administrator to be detained for hours? The above scenarios which touch on the right to property, the right to fair hearing, freedom from discrimination and of religion, and freedom of movement belong to the realm of administrative law. This Course – Law 443 (Administrative Law 1) – is one of the Law Courses you are required to take in order to obtain your LL.B. degree. Building on your knowledge of the workings of the three arms of government – the legislature, the executive and the judiciary – the Course will acquaint and arm you with the legal regime governing the activities of governmental agencies – ministries, departments, and parastatals – in their delivery of goods and services to the citizens and other persons in Nigeria. The Course will demonstrate that the relationship amongst the tripod or trilogy of legislature, executive and judiciary is not all there is to law-making, law execution and law enforcement. But, much more than that, the Course will introduce to you the legal regime that authorizes or permits these governmental agencies whether at the Federal, State or Local government levels to make and enforce rules, regulations, bye-laws and policies in their various spheres of influence to the benefit or detriment of members of the public. The Course comprises 16 study units, taking into consideration the convenience of students. Within the scope of its First Semester coverage, the Course promises to take you through the theory and practice of the structures of administrative agencies.

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LAW 443

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW I

What You Will Learn in this Course This Course is a 400 level course for students who are enrolled for the LL.B. degree programme. It is equally useful for persons who, though not interested in obtaining a degree in law, desire to know the rights, functions, responsibilities and liabilities of...
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