PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT IN NIGERIA

PROSPECTS AND PROBLEMS

  • Hakeem Ijaiya, Ph.D University of Ilorin, Nigeria
Keywords: Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Impact Assessment, Public Participation

Abstract

Public participation in Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process has been a topic of major discourse all over the world. Most countries have in varied degrees recognized and given public participation a special place in the EIA process.This study examines the historical background of EIA in Nigeria, discusses EIA laws in Nigeria with a view to
highlighting the major drawbacks; and identifies the advantages and disadvantages of public participation in the EIA process. It observes that the provisions of the EIA Act in
Nigeria appear to be comprehensive but however, suffers major setbacks as the Act does not give room for public participation after the certificate has been issued and/or
during the monitoring or follow-up stage. The study recommends that the Act should be amended to accommodate public participation at every stage of the EIA process.

Author Biography

Hakeem Ijaiya, Ph.D, University of Ilorin, Nigeria

Department of Private and Property Law

Published
2018-06-01
How to Cite
Ijaiya, H. (2018). PUBLIC PARTICIPATION IN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT IN NIGERIA. The Nigerian Juridical Review, 13(1). Retrieved from http://thenigjuridicalreview.com/index.php/NJR/article/view/176
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