The Minister of environment, Amina Mohammed has assured Nigerians that environmental concerns over the proposed Calabar-Okwotung/Obudu/Yara dual Carriage Super Highway by the Cross Rivers State Government will be addressed in an open and transparent manner.
She also advised the Cross River State government to abide by Environmental regulations and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) processes while urging the Project’s host communities and other stakeholders to continue peaceful dialogue.
This was contained in a statement by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr. Bukar Hassan.
“The Federal Ministry of Environment wishes to acknowledge the various concerns from members of the public, corporate organizations, Non-governmental organizations, International organizations and other stakeholders, raising environmental concerns over the proposed CALABAR-OKWOTUNG/OBUDU/YARA DUAL CARRIAGE SUPER HIGHWAY by the Cross Rivers State Government. We are particularly concerned about the protest by the Ekuri people and other host communities affected by the project,” the statement reads
The Ministry confirmed that the Cross River State government registered for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the proposed Super High Way project and was issued an Interim Environmental Impact Assessment Approval for the ground breaking, which enabled President Muhammadu Buhari to do the flag-off of the project. It added that the approval does not convey project commencement of implementation.