Federal Government Set to Release ESIA Report for Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road Project

During a stakeholders’ engagement meeting held in Lagos over the weekend, Senator David Umahi, the Minister of Works, announced that the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) report for the 700km Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road project will be finalized and made public within the next three months.

Umahi assured members of the public that the ESIA, which encompasses both environmental and social aspects of the project, is currently in progress. He emphasized the importance of stakeholder engagement in addressing the social implications of the project.

Highlighting the design features of the proposed road, Umahi emphasized its climate-compliant nature, noting that concrete pavement will be utilized instead of asphalt. He further revealed that preliminary certifications from the Federal Ministry of Environment have been obtained, underscoring the government’s commitment to addressing environmental concerns.

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Dr. Abass Sulaimon, a Director in the Federal Ministry of Environment, reiterated the ministry’s support for the project, stating that interim approvals have been granted to facilitate its design.

Addressing concerns raised during the meeting, Umahi directed that the proposed demolition of several communities in Okun-Ajah be halted. He instructed that construction in the area adhere to the original gazette instead of the new alignment, easing tensions among stakeholders.

The intervention by the federal government was welcomed by stakeholders, who expressed relief at the resolution of the demolition controversy.

In response to queries regarding potential disruptions to infrastructure, Umahi assured stakeholders that the project’s Environmental and Social Assessment will enable the government to secure funding for its construction and completion. He emphasized that environmental and social considerations are paramount in project execution.

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The minister also hinted at the forthcoming official flag-off of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road project by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He urged continued support from the public, citing the project’s numerous social and economic benefits for Nigerians.

Umahi outlined the project’s phased implementation, highlighting plans for tolling upon completion and the commencement of subsequent sections of the superhighway from different locations.

The stakeholders’ meeting concluded with a renewed commitment to addressing compensation issues and resolving environmental challenges along the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway.

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