The Legal Unit of the Ministry falls under the Office of the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation, whose office is a constitutional creation by virtue of Section 150 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999. Being a Unit under the Ministry, it exercises such functions and powers that are exercisable by the Honourable Attorney-General of the Federation pursuant to Section 174 (2) of the Constitution.
The Unit constitutes a clearing house for all legal matters for which the Ministry is involved. The core functioning of the Unit includes but not limited to the following:
- Drafting/Vetting of Legal documents and Agreements for the Ministry;
- Rendering Legal opinion/advice on all legal matters referred;
- Handling litigation matters on behalf of the Ministry;
- Negotiation of contract terms and conditions on behalf of the Ministry.
In order to effectively discharge its constitutional/administrative responsibilities within the purview of the Ministry of Power, the Unit is guided by the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Procurement Act, National Electric Regulatory Commission Act, Law Reports of various Courts, Electric Power Sector Reform Act and other extant Laws.