Dr. Perisuo DEMA is the Director – General of the Umaru Shinkafi Centre for Africa Extractive Policy Research (USCAEPR), an independent and not – for profit research institute located at AutaBalefi in Nasarawa State of Nigeria. He also co-ordinates USCAEPR’s collaborative Master’s in Energy Security Management (MESM) programme which is an affiliate programme of the Nigerian Defence Academy.

In March 2014, he left a flourishing full – time public / private sector career in extractive sector tax advisory to commence a full-time career in academics. He presently lectures oil and gas laws as well as tax law at USCAEPR. He was also a Senior Lecturer at Baze University in Abuja. His areas of core competence are drafting non – recourse debt funding schemes for petroleum and mining production and negotiating their tax free vehicles.

Dr. Dema started his legal career at the law firm of Umaru Shinkafi & Co (Legal Practitioners) in October 1991.His legal and tax skills have served him well as useful tools in the course of his national and international assignments on solid minerals and petroleum sector regulatory and tax advisory.

Dema demonstrated his expertise in the extractive sector during his tenure as the Assistant Director, Tax Policy (Oil, Gas and Solid Mineral) at the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) of Nigeria from July 2010 to December 2013.

His mining sector regulatory and tax policy experiences include his role as a Member, United Nations Experts Ad- Hoc Group on the Impact of Illicit Financial Flows on Africa’s Mineral Revenues upon appointment by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in July and December 2015 and September 2016.

Dr. Dema had while working as a consultant earlier advised the World Bank on the legal and fiscal regime for solid mineral mining in Tanzania in October 2013.

He was earlier the lead consultant that assessed the revenue gaps of the Nigerian Government from the solid minerals sector; the study was prepared for the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocation Commission of the Nigerian Government on the request of FOSTER, a programme of the United Kingdom Department for Foreign and International Development [DFID] from September to November 2014.

Dema also worked as the Consultant to World Bank on Fiscal Regime for Nigerian Mining Sector from February to December 2014.

In February 2013, he represented the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) on the Inter-Ministerial Committee on Solid Mineral Tax / Royalty Regime.

He was the Rapportuer – General of the first International Tax Treaty Conference of the Nigerian Government held in 2012.

Between October and December 2012, he consulted for DFID/FOSTER upon his engagement as a Mining Revenue Stream Specialist to advise the Coordinating Minister of the Economy/Federal Ministry of Finance of Nigeria on processes to increase oversight and scrutiny of mining revenues in Nigeria.

Between July and August 2013, he served as the Chairman, Tax and Fiscal Sub-Committee on Mining and Solid Minerals of Economic Management Team of the Nigerian Government.

Prior to his assignment with the World Bank on the Nigerian mining project, he had a brief working stint as an Associate Director, Tax (Oil and Gas) at the Nigeria office of Ernst & Young [EY], one of the ‘big four’ global inter-disciplinary consulting firms between January and March, 2014.

In October 2013, the President of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria appointed Dr.Dema as a Member, International Cooperation Committee of the institute.

His petroleum regulatory and tax policy experiences were brought to bear during his service as the Tax Consultant to the Joint Committee on Justice and Finance of the House of Representatives for the Investigation of the Merger of Certain Petroleum Producing Companies in Nigeria – September 2014.

Dema was from January to March 2012 the Legal Counsel to the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on Petroleum Subsidy (‘Farouk Lawan Committee’) in his capacity as Special Adviser on Petroleum to the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.

He had earlier provided legal drafting services on the fiscal regime and legislative advocacy for the Petroleum Industry Bill, 2008 between from 2008 to June 2010 to the Oil and Gas Industry Reform Committee (OGIC) /Legal Consultant, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation.

Between July 2005 and May 2007, he was the Special Assistant on Legislative Matters to the Minister of Energy where he provided legislative liaison to the Minister of Energy/OPEC President. He also provided legal advice to the Ministerial Committee on Oil /Gas Expatriate Quota and also participated in the legal preview of the 2005 Production Sharing Agreements and due diligence vetting of applications for oil blocks.

He had prior to working for the Nigerian Minister for Energy advised Mabon Geophysical Limited in the matter of their dispute with the Department of Petroleum Resources of Nigeria over taxation, royalties and third party infringement into their duly allotted seismic areas.

He has also been a member of the Legal and Enforcement Sub – Committee of the Financial Sector Services Regulatory Committee (FSSRC) of the Nigerian Government between 2011 and 2013.

Dr. Dema was educated at University of Aberdeen in Scotland where he earned a PhD in Petroleum Law. He had earlier graduated with a Master of Laws{LL.M} in Oil and Gas Law (magna cum laude) from the same university.

He obtained his Bachelor of Laws {LL.B] degree from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology and Technology.

He later obtained his Barrister-at Law Certificate {BL} qualifying certificate from the Nigerian Law School in May 1991.He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of the United Kingdom, the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) and the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN).

Between June and December 2011, he participated in the Advance Management Programme (AMP) of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC)jointly organised with Cranfield University on Achieving Management Potentials.

He initiated the provision for tax obligation by associates and affiliates in Nigeria’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Act. He also anchored the provisions on ring fencing and an escrow account in Nigeria’s current Tax Regulation for Decommissioning of Petroleum and Mining Production.

Dr. Dema has presented professional papers at various international conferences and he recently authored the book “Structuring of Innovative Finance Schemes for Funding of Petroleum Production in Nigeria: Legal and Tax Issues”.

Dr. Dema has recently been appointed by the Scandinavian Institute of Maritime Law of Oslo University to research and contribute a chapter on Nigeria’s petroleum licensing regime to their forthcoming book on comparative global petroleum licensing legal frameworks which is sponsored by the Norwegian Government.

Earlier in his career Dr.Dema worked as an Assistant Director incharge of Disciplinary Matters at the Police Service Commission and as the Personal Assistant (Special Duties) to the Chairman, National Electoral Commission of Nigeria (NECON).


Dr. Adaralegbe is the Chairman of the Research Committee of Umaru Shinkafi Centre for Africa Extractive Policy Research.

Dr. Adaralegbe is a highly experienced oil and gas transactional and arbitration lawyer. He is well published in several peer review international oil and gas journals.

In addition to chairing the Research Committee of USCAEPR, he is the Editor -in – Chief of the Centre’s quarterly energy journal.

Bayo is a Partner and Head of the firms’ Energy and Extractive Group. He is listed in the ‘’Who’s Who Legal’’ directory as one of the top Oil and Gas law specialists in Nigeria and by the ‘’Legal 500 Europe, Middle East and Africa’’ directory as highly regarded for his scholarship and counsel. In addition to his legal background, Bayo also has some business training, having taken Corporate Finance Management, Financial Accounting, and Strategic Business Planning courses (to mention just a few), to qualify as a Chartered Secretary and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries  & Administrators, United Kingdom (FCIS). Earlier in his career, Bayo was Legal Adviser and Company Secretary in a bank. He is a Notary Public for Nigeria.

Bayo speaks regularly at International and local conferences and has published articles in leading globally acclaimed journals , including “Journal of World Energy Law and Business” (JWELB,)  a joint publication of Oxford University Press and AIPN), “Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law” (publication of the IBA), “International Energy Law Review Journal” (publication of Sweet & Maxwell), “Arbitration International Journal” and “Journal of International Arbitration” (publications of Kluwer Law International), the Arbitrator (publication of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK) and Journal of World Investment & Trade. His works have been cited with approval in leading International academic books.

Bayo also has editorial responsibilities. He is a pioneer member of the editorial team of JWELB, and part of the editorial teams of Oil, Gas and Energy Law Intelligence (OGEL), Transnational Dispute Management (TDM) and the Nigerian Monthly Law Reports (NMLR). He is also Energy Law columnist of ThisdayNewspaper, one of Nigeria’s widest circulating daily newspapers.

His detailed profile is towering and is published at : .



Barrister Ada Ezenwosu, a lawyer in the law firm of Opeyemi Bamidele & Co joins USCAEPR as the Secretary to the Board of Governors. She will also double as the Director of Administration of USCAEPR.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from University of Nigeria and a BL from the Nigerian Law School.

She garnered enormous regulatory, corporate and tax experience as a Legal Officer at the Federal Inland Revenue Service, as a Legislative Adviser at the Nigerian National Assembly and at the International Criminal Court at The Hague.She brings these experiences to USCAEPR.





Kenoye Rukari is an insightful, business-outcome focused IT expert with over a decade of work participating in the design, development, testing and deployment of IT solutions to enable business operations of various industries including the education sector.

As a software engineer and mobile computing specialist with degrees from Anglia Ruskin University (UK), and Cisco certified to delivered and manage LAN, WAN and wireless access services, Kenoye brings a wealth of technology experience to USCAEPR and is at the fore front of implementing the modern technology solutions driving learning and research at the centre.








Alhaji Bello Abdullahi is an expert on print and new media relations as well as high level human networking. He was for several years the Special Assistant on Media Affairs to Alhaji Umaru Ali Shinkafi, Marafan Sokoto of blessed memory. He later worked as a Senior Legislative Assistant at the National Assembly.


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