National Assembly Committee On Environment Partners Publish What You Pay-Nigeria For Reforms In The Environmental Sector

The Publish What You Pay-Nigeria with funding support from CORDAID, Netherlands commissioned a study, “improving environmental impact assessment and audit processes in Nigeria – a legislative and policy review perspective”. The key finding of the study is the need for integrating Human Rights into Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Post Impact Assessment (PIA) Policies in Nigeria.

As a result of the fundamental role the National Assembly plays both in the law making and oversight, the PWYP-Nigeria on the 28th day of February, 2017 went to the National Assembly on advocacy visited. The visit was to deliver a copy of the study to them and seek their support in reviewing the Environmental Impact Assessment Act, with a core focus on integrating Human Rights into Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Post Impact Assessment (PIA) Policies in Nigeria.

At the National Assembly, the PWYP-Nigeria team made up of Mr. Taiwo Otitolaye, North Central Coordinator, Mr. Patrick Chiekwe, South-South Coordinator, Mr. Paul Ogwu, Program Officer and Mr. Chima Williams, the lead researcher met with the House Committee on Public Accounts.

Receiving a copy of the study, Mr. Kingsley commended Publish What You Pay-Nigeria for commissioning a study on the environmental issues. He affirmed, the study will contribute enormously in helping the National Assembly as well as the House Committee on Environment in performing their duties in line with global best practice.

Mr. Kingsley Chinda, an Honourable member, Chairman House committee on Public Accounts and also a member House Committee on Environment, assured PWYP -Nigeria of the National Assembly collaboration and strategic partnership in addressing environmental issues.

Mr. Ibrahim Bello, an Honourable member and some of his colleagues at the meeting, urged PWYP -Nigeria to commission experts to send a draft bill from the study recommendations to the executive and legislature for consideration. Mr. Kingsley agreed to facilitate PWYP -Nigeria and National Assembly partnership.

 

Audu Liberty Oseni

Communication Officer. PWYP-Nigeria