Participants in Multi-Stakeholders Consultative Meeting on Integrating Social and Human Rights Impact Assessment into Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Policy and Legal Framework gave the advice at the end of their meeting in Abuja.
The participants’ advise was contained in a communique issued on Tuesday by Mr Peter Egbule, the Chairman, Communiqué Committee and the National Coordinator of Publish What You Pay, an NGO.
“There was an expressed need to engage independent bodies to jointly review the EIA.
“The EIA Department of Federal Ministry of Environment should be funded and given a specific budgetary allocation to facilitate the EIA process in Nigeria.
“There should be an MoU between the Federal Ministry of Environment and the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on implementation of EIA process just as there is with the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development,’’ they said.
The participants said that the EIA Act, when reviewed should encourage the inclusion of persons living with disabilities in the EIA process.
“EIA should be reviewed to address this gap by including employment and mitigation.
“A copy of the summarised version of the EIA Reports should be made available to communities where it is conducted.
“In essence, EIA reports should be sent to the affected communities to get their feedback since it affects them,’’ the communiqué said.