The National Coordinator of a Non-Governmental Organisation, ‘Publish What You Pay’, Mr Peter Egbule, has slammed the nation’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Policy and Legal Framework for not including social and human right impact assessment.
Egbule said this in Abuja on Wednesday, April 10 at the Multi-Stakeholders Consultative Meeting on Integrating Social and Human Right Impact Assessment into the EIA Policy and Legal Framework.
“In view of this, we want people’s views and decisions to be included into the EIA process because these extractive activities have direct impact on their environment, community social structure and sustainable livelihood,
“Lack of inclusion of social and human rights protective mechanisms in the Nigerian environmental impact assessment processes has been identified as one of the catalysts for crises in extractive-laden areas in the country.
“The oil and gas region has long been a volatile area, which has caused many deaths, degradation and unresolved crisis,’’ Egbule said.
Mr Taiwo Otitolaye, the Project Coordinator of the NGO further buttressed Egbule’s call for the inclusion of social and human right impact assessment into the nation’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Policy and Legal Framework, saying:
“Government at all levels should involve communities in decision and policy making process.
“Companies, especially the International Oil Companies (IOCs), should involve communities in oil and gas management impacts on their communities and given freedom to be part of the process.’’