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Wilmer operation: Cross River communities, ERA demand review of MoU, EIA

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Some communities in Cross River State have demanded review of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Wilmer oil palm plantation estates. They also demanded that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) should be reviewed, if it exists at all.

They made the call at the weekend in Calabar during an interaction with journalists on Community Land Rights in Forested Landscapes, organised by Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria (ERA).

Some of the communities affected in Akamkpa and Biase Local Governments, said Wilmer, owners of the oil palm estates in the communities, have not kept to the MoU.

The Executive Director of ERA/Friends of the Earth, Mr. Godwin Ojo, said: “Wilmer should enter into fresh consultation with the community on how to implement the mandatory CSR scheme in Cross River State and for the benefit of the people.”

One of the affected persons from Uwet community, who allegedly lost her family land to Wilmer, Mrs. Nkoyo Effiom, said women have not been carried along.


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