Uneven economic development and massive poverty are key indicators of state fragility/failure. The cycle of boost and bust in Nigeria’s economy and the growing perception of an alienated majority are therefore, clear danger signals for Nigeria’s survival.
Expectedly, many look up to Development and Public interest law firms in Nigeria to lay the normative foundation for reclaiming the state and her citizens.
Development and public interest law is the legal model that prioritises people over property, whilst consciously negotiating the dialectical relationships between “people‟ and “things‟.
Development law and Public Interest law firms are interested in wealth and growth, but insist that they must be geared towards human development.
OAL is a pioneering Development and Public interest law firm re-imagining legal practice in Nigeria. Having identified the greatest challenge in Nigeria as the disconnect between growth and human wellbeing, OAL is determined to work proactively with government, corporations, institutions and individuals to drive human centered development in Nigeria.
We are of the firm view that the seeming discordant forces in Nigeria have capacities, which if properly harnessed could be employed in driving human development.
OAL Development and Public Interest is therefore conceived as:
A Think/Do Tank for Change
A partnership hub for human interest development
A consultancy centre for legal and regulatory reforms
An intellectual capital for pro-poor development in Nigeria