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FG begins impact assessment of Edo Oil Palm Estate

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FEDERAL government has commenced Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed Edo Oil Palm Estate Development at Ovia North-East Local Government Area.     This statement was made by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment- Mohammed Mahmoud, on behalf of the substantive minister.

 The project as proposed by the state government involves establishment of a 60-hectare oil palm nursery and the development of an oil palm plantation and ancillary facilities including power supply facilities, roads, and residential buildings as well as cassava flour mill factory with a through put of 200 tonnes of cassava tubers per day. The total land take for the project is 17,954.71 hectares within Ekiadolor Forest Reserve in Ovia North-East L.G.A, Edo State.”

 He maintained that the exercise is in accordance with the provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Act E12 LFN, 2014, which makes it mandatory for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) to be carried out on proposed projects, before its full execution.

 However, this will take place in three centres across Edo State and one centre in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and the Federal Ministry of Environment had announced a 21 working days public notice for responses on the Draft EIA Report submitted by De United Foods Industries Ltd, which  kicked off from 4th November to 2nd December, 2019.

 He further explained that the time is between 8am to 4pm across these mentioned centres: Headquarters of, Ovia North-East Local Government Area, Okada, Edo State; Edo State Ministry of Environment and Sustainability, Benin City, Edo State; Federal Ministry of Environment Office, Benin City, Edo State and Federal Ministry of Environment, Environment House (Brown Building), Independence Way, Central Business District, Abuja.

  The ministry further directed that all comments received should be forwarded to the Minister, Federal Ministry of Environment on or before 9th December, 2019.  

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