The Constitutional Sanctity of the Land Use Act By Omoniyi Onabule

Over the years, the constitutional clothing of the Land Use Act 1978 has raised a lot of controversies because strict interpretation of some of its provisions and the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria (hereinafter referred to as the Constitution) may present the Act as the grundnorm in land law over the Constitution.
The Land Use Act of 1978 was meant to usher in a new land reform in Nigeria; Prof. Akin Mabogunje suggested that it has become a clog in the wheel of development over the years,[1] based on the fact that the Military Government which promulgated it also ensured that it was embedded in the Constitution of the country. Thus, any attempt to rectify its inadequacies required a constitutional amendment.


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