Donnish Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation

April 2015 Vol. 1(1), pp. 001-005

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Original Research Paper

Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development in Nigeria

C.T. Emejuru and M.O. Izzi

Faculty of Law, Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

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Accepted 18th March, 2015.


The study examined environmental justice and sustainable development in Nigeria. The study revealed that to effectively protect the environment and sustainably develop resources, enlightened citizens should take active part either by expressing their opinions or by having recourse to law. The study revealed again that while the constitution of Nigeria provided for environmental protection under section 20, this same constitution by the provision of section 6(6)(C) rendered the judicial organ impotent in adjudicating on environmental matters. The study suggested that the fact that way and manner in which the state and its agencies carry out the duty of protecting the Nigerian environment cannot be challenged in a court of law, which is the effect of section 6(6)(C), is not therefore a genuine excuse for the government and its agencies to abandon their constitutional responsibilities.

Keywords: Environmental justice, Law, Sustainable development..

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C.T. Emejuru and M.O. Izzi. Environmental Justice and Sustainable Development in Nigeria. Donnish Journal of Biodiversity and Conservation 1(1) 2015 pp. 001-005.

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