Concerns remain over the environmental and social impact of the Cross River Super Highway project on the Ekuri Forest and Community.

Nigerian Climate Reality Leaders Smart Amaefula and David Michael Terungwa held a press briefing in Abuja on September 6, 2016 to denounce the heavy environmental and social impact of the Cross River Super Highway project on the Ekuri Forest and Community amidst gross lack of transparency over the project and growing suspicions of orchestrated land grabs.

In their briefing, Mr Amaefula and Mr Terungwa exposed the facts surrounding this project. Read here for a thorough account of their concerns.

“While we are not against a highway, we are concerned about the destruction of the only tropical forest remaining in Nigeria. The road cuts across the Ekuri forest. From the proposal, its gives 10 kilometers right of way to each side of the road. This means that you are clearing as far as 20 km-wide of forest while the road cannot have more than a 100m width. We see a hidden plan to engage in tree logging and to grab land. That is why we are informing the press so that it gets to the public to rise and say no.”

This press briefing comes as part of an ongoing campaign by Nigerian environmental activists and follows an article published by Mr Amaefula in the African Herald Press on June 11, 2016. Read the article here.


Disclaimer: The views expressed here are solely those of the author in their private capacity and do necessarily represent the views of the African Climate Reality Project.