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Ajayi hails aviation law literature

By Ngozi Egenuka
28 September 2021   |   2:55 am
Managing Partner, Olaniwun Ajayi LP, Prof. Koyinsola Ajayi (SAN) has said that the publication of aviation law book is timely as Nigeria plans to have a national carrier.

Author, Ugo Ezeugwa (left); Justice A.O Faji and Prof. Koinsola Ajayi (SAN) during the unveiling of the aviation law and practice in Nigeria.

Managing Partner, Olaniwun Ajayi LP, Prof. Koyinsola Ajayi (SAN) has said that the publication of aviation law book is timely as Nigeria plans to have a national carrier.

The senior lawyer, who spoke during the public presentation of the book, “Aviation Law and Practice in Nigeria” authored by Bar. Ugo Ezeugwa, at the Nigeria Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), Victoria Island, Lagos last week, described the book as “a wonderful work of a thousand words.”

Ajayi, who was chairman of the occasion, added that the book comes at a relevant time where Nigeria is also planning concessioning and privatising of airports.

“At a time when air travel is becoming more important, because we are diverse people, who need to move around, with as much convenience as possible and that can only be done by air, which would help commerce, intermarriage and inter-communal peace,” he said.

Ezeugwa said he was motivated to write the book after the realisation that there are few books on aviation in the country and the occurrence of an aircraft accident in Lagos, some years back, which saw the death of an ex-classmate and her child.

According to him, there is dearth of locally published works on the subject matter and scanty Nigerian case law as well. Ezeugwa, who is also the Managing Counsel, Bardfields Law firm, said that due to relatively few reported cases on carriage by air in Nigeria, it became unavoidably necessary to make copious references to decisions of foreign courts.

Book reviewer and founding Partner, Aelex Legal, Fubara Anga (SAN), who is also the chairman, Bristow Helicopters, Africa, noted that the book is divided into three parts.

Part A, he said, traces the origin and growth of commercial aviation and discusses the historical evolution of the international regulatory regime in relation to international air carrier’s liability.

Part B, he stated, discusses the general principle of contract and tort laws and their relationship with aviation. “It highlights the common contracts in aviation industry and analyses the tortious and contractual risks to which aviation operators and government agencies may be exposed in the course of their dealings with one another.

“Part C addresses common procedural issues in aviation litigation, such as jurisdiction, limitation of actions, service of processes, conflict of laws,” he stated.

Chairman, Council of Legal Education (CLE), Chief Emeka Ngige (SAN), minister of Labour and productivity, Dr. Emeka Wogu and Berth Igwilo joined the event online.

Special guest of honour and the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho, represented by head judge, Lagos, Olayinka Faji unveiled the book alongside Ajayi, Anga, the author and others.

Other dignitaries include, Prof. Fabian Ajogwu (SAN), Olumide Sofowora (SAN), Wale Akani (SAN), Chief Dr. Richard Oma Ahonarugho (SAN), Emmanuel Achukwu (SAN), Dr. Jude Mbamalu, Paschal Madu and Okey Omezi amongst others.

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