“A Bill for an Act to amend the Environmental Impact Assessment Act Cap E12, LFRN, 2004 (the Act), to strengthen the process of approvals and decision making on project inclusive and for related matters”, has been introduced by the National Assembly.
The EIA Bill seeks to, among other things, expand the role of the NESREA as well as improve the process by including the local community and other interested parties more in the process. Whilst the principal purpose of the Bill is laudable the cost/operational practicality of the provisions is bound to be a matter of concern.
A review of the Act is definitely, a move in the right direction, as the current process as prescribed in the 1992 Act is quite elaborate and expensive. It might therefore be expedient to carry out a more extensive review of the Act after due consultation with relevant stakeholders.