ENHWE Field Dev: Community Panics Over Environmental Impacts

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Aminigboko Community in the Abua/Odual Local Government Area of Rivers State has drawn the attention of both the federal and state governments to the likely environmental effects of the proposed ENHWE field development project by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) on the community.
The community which said this in its position paper at the just concluded Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) panel review meeting in Port Harcourt, said that though it welcomes the project, mitigative measures be put in place to ensure that its environment is not adversely affected when the project commences.
“Consequently, the proposed project has a number of environmental socio-economic problems associated with its operations, ranging from vegetation removal loss of plants and animals loss of plants and animals contamination of both surface and ground water, pressure from influx of people on facilities in our communities, crime rate, increase in waste generation, reduction in quality of air, water and soil, increased in cost of living amongst others.”
Consequently, the community demanded that more Environmental Impact Assessment (EIAS) be held in the future to determine variations of environmental status following the project.
The paper which was signed by the Unema/paramount ruler of Aminigboko Community, Emughan Abua, Chief Olephiri Franklin Igoma, specifically demanded the rehabilitation of the Aminigboko water scheme built and donated by the defunct Oil Mineral Producing Areas Development Commission (OMPADEC) as the water scheme is in dysfunctional state, rehabilitation of the Aminigboko cottage hospital donated by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC), rehabilitation of Emesu water side road built by SPDC but abandoned for years and the urgent fencing of four pits in the area inhabitated by alligators, crocodiles, pythons, bea constricors and other dangerous creatures to prevent the stray of the animals and avert loss of lives. While all fabrication work be done within the area.
“The Aminigboko community stakeholders vehemently opposed off-site fabrication outside our community. Our community is ready to donate land to serve as fabrication site as regards the ENHWE field Development Project it said.
The community also commended the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) for earmarking 2.5 per cent cost of project for social sustainability for host and impacted communities.
“This is highly commendable but it was unilaterally approved without negotiation.
“We appeal to Shell to review the said value to 5 per cent and TO clearly outline the beneficiaries as applicable to host communities and impacted communities”.