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Ministry of Environment
The Federal Ministry of Environment (FMEnv) is responsible for ensuring the formulation of and compliance monitoring of environmental standards. The relatively new government department has integrated the role of its predecessor, the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (FEPA). The ministry has very wide powers covering all industries including the petroleum industry
A vital role played by FMEnv relates to the approval of Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA). New oil and gas projects require EIA approved by the ministry before any construction can commence. Public Hearing has recently been introduced as an innovation to the approval process. Members of the wider community, particularly in the Niger Delta now have a forum to modify the way potential impacts are mitigated by project sponsors. The Ministry has served as the policy champion for the elimination of gas flares in Nigeria by 2008 and ensuring the countryís adherence to the Kyoto Protocol.
Minister for Environement:  Dr S. O Okopido
Office:  Federal Secretariat (7th & 9th floors), Shehu Shagari Way, Garki, Abuja
Telephone:  +234 (0) 9 523 4931

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