By Jonathan Ugbal
The Federal Government Thursday in Calabar said the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) on the proposed 260km Superhighway presented by Cross River State government failed to meet international standards.
The Minister of State for Environment, Alhaji Ibrahim Jibrin disclosed this at a stakeholders meeting organized by the ministry in Calabar and accused the state of not addressing contending issues saying it fell short of international standards and requirements of the World Bank.
The Guardian reports that Jibrin who was represented by the Director of EIA in the ministry, Mr. John Alonge said, “The ministry observed that the state government’s consultant to the project has not done a thorough job.”
This is the third time the federal government has said the EIA falls short of expected standards with the organized labor in the state comprising the Nigeria Labour Congres and the Trade Union Congress on Wednesday accusing the ministry and other relevant authorities of playing “petty politics” with the future of the state.
However, CrossRiverWatch gathered that stakeholders who spoke at the meeting agreed that the superhighway was a necessary infrastructure as it will help boost trade and improve the local, national and sub-regional economy.