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Stakeholders Reject EIA Report On OMLII. Steve Okeke

Representatives of various communities in Bony kingdom have raised objections against the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report on the proposed Bony Deep exploration and appraisal wells project in OMLII presented by the Shell Petroleum Development Company Limited (SPDC).

At the Panel Reviews meeting convened by the Federal Ministry on Environment in Port Harcourt for stakeholders to evaluate the EIA report on the project.

Engr. Christian Gonuwalk who represented the Federal Ministry of Environment stated that the meeting was convened for stakeholders and host communities to appraise and evaluate the EIA report of the proposed project, stressing that the sustainable development goals for the country remains the cardinal goal in the change agenda of the President Muhamadu Buhari administration.

He urged host communities of the project to support the project in view of the benefits inherent in it.

Chairman of the reviews panel, Prof. (Mrs.) A. I. Hart stressed the need for all projects proposed for communities to have a human face and address all issues that are of critical benefits to the host communities.

She appealed to all stakeholders to evaluate the documents from various angles so that the projects do not endanger the environment and the people.

Reacting to issues raised after the presentation of the report, stakeholders who spoke criticized the various parts of the EIA reports.

Chairman, Bonny Environmental Consultancy Committee, Amasenibo Abere Sodenye described the report as outright falsehood.

He alleged that the SPDC never consulted with the community in Bony kingdom in the making of the report, adding that most of the information continued in the report were not correct.

He condemned the SPDC for sidelining the host communities in the implantation of various reports on projects and blamed the federal government for condoning some of the shortcomings of the company.

He called for the stepping down of the report to enable the SPDC follow due process.

Also speaking, former Vice Chairman of Bonny local government, Amasenibo Emmanuel John Jumbo expressed surprise that SPDC misrepresented various facts in its report despite the long years of its operation in the kingdom.

The former vice chairman described the alleged acquisition of land for the proposed project from an unnamed family as fraudulent, insisting that Shell activities with host communities have always been shrouded in secrecy.

In their various submissions, the panel members agreed with the suggestions of the stakeholders and mandated the SPDC to incorporate all the issues raised in the review meeting and represent the documents to the Federal Ministry of Environment within two weeks.

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