The Lagos State Government over the weekend stated that henceforth, all individuals, public and private project owners / developers must subject all projects to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and obtain EIA approval on every project before implementation or face the wrath of the Law.
In a chat with newsmen in Alausa, Ikeja, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello said the time had come for all projects to be subjected to EIA in the conception stage because of the multifarious benefits.
Environmental Impact Assessment is a formal process for identifying the likely impacts that may arise from a proposed activity of a project on the environment, human health and social economic activities.
Mr Bello stressed that EIA helps in identifying the likely adverse and beneficial impacts of a project on the host environment and aims at putting in place measures to mitigate the negative effects.
“It is also a critical environmental management tool that must be embraced by both private and public sector in order to achieve sustainable development”.
The Commissioner explained that the establishment of industrial facilities, creation of new settlements, and construction of infrastructures come with huge adverse environmental impacts ranging from pollution of various environmental platforms to sometimes irreversible environmental degradation if not properly managed.
He said though Lagos State, over the years remains the preferred destination for many businesses operating within the various sectors of Nigeria’s economy due to the business- friendly policies of government and the ever-growing population of the state, but however noted that it has become worrisome that many projects are on-going in different parts of the State without consideration of EIA and EIA Approval.
He said Government had therefore adopted the application of the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (EIA) process in ensuring sustainable implementation of development projects in the State in line with global best practices.