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Location: Ihovbor, Orior-Osemwende and Idunmwonwina-Urho Nisen, Uhunmwonde Local Government Area, Edo state, Nigeria.
Date of Visit: 7th -12 April, 2014.
• Azura-Edo IPP project tears communities apart in Edo state
• Eviction is imminent and no compensation paid to some indigenes
• Others who vacated their homes are now tenants as only 20% compensation in the last three years
• The EIA document was not made available in the communities
• Communities’ participation and public hearing mandatory in the EIA process has been violated
• Communities would not benefit directly in improved energy access
• Social and environmental impacts and mitigation plans hidden from the communities
In Nigeria, demand for power supply outstrips supply. Power supply is not only epileptic more than half of its 170 million population lacks access to power. Although Nigeria has budgeted billions of dollars to improve supply, yet very little improvement has been recorded. A new power plant intended to improve supply is the Azura-Edo Independent Power Project located in three main communities in Edo state, southern Nigeria. The three communities namely, Ihovbor, Orior-Osemwende and Idunmwonwina-Urho Nisen, all in Uhunmwonde Local Government Area, are hosts to the proposed Azura-Edo Integrated Power Project (IPP) which is intended to augment the current power supply in Nigeria. Findings show that the communities are not carried along as prior and informed consent has not been realized.
Be wary of coal mining deal with Jindal, ERA/FoEN cautions Nigerian Govt
The Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN) has cautioned the Federal Government from going ahead with a rumoured deal with Jindal Power and Steel India to revitalize coal mining in the country, describing the rumour, if true as “a bad omen” for communities already suffering environmental impacts of mining in Enugu and other states where coal is mined.
Media reports last week indicated that the Nigerian government may have tipped the Indian firm to tap the country’s coal vast mine deposits. ERA/FoEN aversion to the plan is predicated on news indicating that Jindal operations in other parts of Africa continue to impact communities.
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Monday, 16th September 2013
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Friday, 23rd August 2013
ERA/FoEN wants powers of president, petroleum minister whittled down in PIB
Wednesday, 24th July 2013
Environmental Justice Struggles Engages Gear
Monday, 8th April 2013
The theme of the World Environment Day 2013 is “Think. Eat. Save”. Each word is loaded and stands alone, separated by unambiguous periods. That should get us thinking indeed. Many people in the world do not really think before eating. They are more preoccupied by the nagging question of where the next meal would come from. There are also a number of persons whose questions pertain to what to eat out of the myriad of choices on their sumptuous dining tables. And, of course, there are people to whom saving food is not a problem while to yet others there is simply no choice in doing that. There are others who wish to save but cannot do so either due to a lack of means to do so, or for the reason of current insufficiencies.
There is a lot of food for thought in just considering the theme.