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FG commences environmental, social impact assessments for Edo Modular Refinery

FG commences environmental, social impact assessments for Edo Modular Refinery
Federal Government has commenced Environmental Impact Assessment for the proposed Edo Modular Refinery being developed by Edo Refinery and Petrochemicals Company Limited, a firm floated by the Godwin Obaseki-led Edo State Government to refine petroleum products in the state.
A statement by permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, on behalf of the Minister, said the exercise is in accordance with the provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Act E12 LFN, 2014 and entails public display of the draft EIA report in centres across Edo State and Abuja.
According to the statement, “In accordance with the provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Act E12, LFN, 2014, this makes it mandatory for proponents of all new major development activities to carry out Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of their proposed projects, the Federal Ministry of Environment hereby announces a 21 working days public notice for information and comments on the ESIA draft report submitted by Edo Refinery and Petrochemicals Company Limited.”
The project, according to the statement, involves the development of 6000 barrels per day Modular Refinery where crude stock will be refined into finished products such as Kerosene, Diesel, Naphthalene and Petrochemicals.
“The plant will be fitted with state-of-the-art infrastructures such as sewage and effluent treatment plants, storm-water drains on a land take of 5.1 Ha. The proposed project is planned to be implemented in two phases of 1000 and 5000 barrels per day respectively.”
The display centres, according to the statement, are Edo State Ministry of Environment and Sustainability, State Secretariat, Benin, Edo State; Headquarters of Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area, Ologbo, Edo State; Federal Ministry of Environment, Environment House (Brown Building), Independence Way South, Central Area, Abuja FCT.
The duration of the display runs from 8th June to 5th August, 2019, between 8am to 4pm.
The ministry directed that all comments received should be forwarded to the Minister of Federal Ministry of Environment on or before July 31.
Meanwhile, Edo State Joint Account and Allocation Committee (JAAC) has declared N3.085 billion as the gross allocation that accrued to the 18 Local Government Areas in the state for the month of May.
The committee said Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from the 18 local councils for the month of May stood at N190.79 million.
Addressing journalists at the end of the JAAC meeting presided over by Governor Godwin Obaseki at the Government House, in Benin City, chairman, Oredo LGA, Jenkins Osunde, said the total deduction made from the gross allocation was N1.68 billion while net allocation was N1.41 billion.
He noted, “Total salaries for Primary school teachers and non-teaching staff gulped N910.40 million, Pension Arrears contribution was N100 million while LGA Pension contributions stood at N423.53 million.”
He said the total amount of money available for the 18 councils including IGR is N1.55 billion, adding that the local government financial autonomy did not affect the operations of Edo councils as the allocations had been going directly into the various LGAs’ accounts.