The Federal Ministry of Environment yesterday confirmed that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on the proposed 260km superhighway by the Cross River State Government is being conducted.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Ben Ayade, Mr. Christian Ita, said the confirmation was contained in a public notice signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Bukar Hassan.
Ita said the public notice by the ministry was in response to concerns expressed by various stakeholders on the impact such a project could have on the environment.
“The ministry is confirming that the Cross River State Government registered for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of the proposed superhighway project.
“The Cross River State Government is currently conducting the EIA studies which are at an advance stage,” Ita quoted the public notice.
He maintained that the ministry also confirmed that it issued an Interim Environmental Impact Assessment for the ground breaking, which enabled Mr. President to do the flag-off of the project.
According to Ita, the ministry assured all those who have expressed concerns about that project that it will work closely with the state to ensure that their concerns are “addressed in an open and transparent manner.”