Centre for African Studies (LUCAS)

Leeds University Centre for African Studies
c/o POLIS, Social Sciences Building, University of Leeds
Leeds LS2 9JT

Tel: 0113 343 5069
african-studies@leeds.ac.uk

LUCAS Schools Project coordinator

Richard Borowski
R.Borowski@leeds.ac.uk

LUCAS Africa Policy Forum – Mr Babatunde Irukera – Africa’s emerging market: A matter of Asset and Access

Date: Thursday 8th November 2018
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Venue: Michael Sadler Building 311

LUCAS is delighted to welcome Mr Babatunde Irukera to the University of Leeds to deliver his presentation “Africa’s emerging market: A matter of Asset and Access” as part of the LUCAS Africa Policy Forum. Mr Irukera is the Director General of the Consumer Protection Council of Nigeria.

Profile Of The Director General Consumer Protection Council

Babatunde Irukera is the Director General/Chief Executive of the Consumer
Protection Council (CPC). He is responsible for the daily management and leadership
of the Council in fulfilling its mandate to protect consumers and secure remedies
when consumer rights are violated. His record of advocacy and representation in
consumers’ issues is exceptional and provides the clarity both the Council, and
industry need in addressing the balance the twin issues of customer
service/protection and regulatory stability.

He has been in active legal practice for almost three decades. His varied experience
range from being In-house Counsel to General Counsel, Managing Partner in a law
firm, and advising senior government officials as well as key government institutions.
Over this diverse career, Babatunde gained considerable experience in transactions,
civil rights and commercial litigation, regulatory work, government relations and
practice management.

Key areas of significant litigation and resolution experience for Babatunde include
medical malpractice. He was key counsel in prosecution, negotiation and settlement
of a large multi-jurisdictional case involving a major pharmaceutical company and
the conduct of a clinical trial that resulted in injuries. He also played vital roles in
sector related consumer protection advancements including advising the Nigerian
Civil Aviation Authority with respect to its role in sector consumer protection. He led
the initiative in developing current aviation consumer protection regulations as well
as the Passenger Bill of Rights. He also led the team that revised existing aviation
economic regulations and superintended a comprehensive regulatory and
parliamentary investigation into anti-competitive behaviour by foreign airlines. He
has also provided capacity-building and advisory services to government institutions
and other clients with respect to competition/antitrust issues. He co-authors the
Nigerian chapters in a range of competition/antitrust related widely regarded
international publications.

His unique combination of advocacy, commercial practice and reputation provides
the required mutual industry/regulatory assurance and balance for a vibrant and
robust consumer protection regime that promotes business stability and investment,
as well consumer satisfaction and confidence.

Babatunde was admitted to practice law before the Supreme Court of Nigeria in
1990, and before the Washington State Supreme Court in 1996.

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