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The Federal Ministry of Environment says it will review the country’s environmental laws to reflect global best practice.
Mr John Alonge, the Director, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Federal Ministry of Environment, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
Alonge said the review would help ensure sustainability of the environment
“We are looking at a situation whereby we’ll have quality guidelines that will reflect the emerging global issues.
“So we are also trying to see how we are going to revise old guidelines and also develop new ones and at the end of the day see that the existing ones are revised in line with emerging global trends.
“And not only that, we are looking at the quality assurance of the process, that is, the process of EIA must meet international standards.
“So we are looking at the situation whereby there will be periodic system of review of our process, see where we are meeting up and where we are not meeting up, so that we can bridge the gap.’’
He said the act was presently in the Ministry of Justice after which it would be forwarded to the Federal Executive Council and later to the National Assembly.
He said the department`s mandate was to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment by monitoring how the environmental assessment would be carried out across the country.
The director said that the essence of reviewing the environmental laws and guidelines was to manage and control widespread environmental degradation in the country.
Alonge said the environment act had been in existence for more than two decades and needed to be reviewed.
He noted that the ministry had organised various stakeholder meetings on the issue with a view to ensuring effective implementation of the reviewed act.
He also said the ministry collaborated with Ministries Department and Agencies (MDAs) and other relevant stakeholders to enable it to actualise the plan.
“We discovered that there is deficiency in some environmental areas, such as climate change, environmental assessment among others.
“There are plans, programmes and policy that are affecting the environment so if the act is reviewed, all the environmental problems will be addressed.’’

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