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ERA/FOEN hold policy brief in Cross River State

The advocacy efforts of Environmental Rights Action and Friends of the Earth Nigeria to reduce land grabbing by some multinationals is beginning to bear fruits in Cross Rivers State.

This came to the fore recently at the presentation of research findings entitled, Button up Accountability and Securing Communal Land Rights Action in Cross River State by Environmental Rights Action.

Speaking the Executive Director Environmental Rights Action and friends of the Earth Nigeria, Doctor Godwin Uyi-Ojo said the research findings are to end policy for land management especially in cross river state following the incessant cases of conflicts between communities and investors.

He said that the findings revealed that acquisition and allocation of land negates customary land right, drives of land grabbing is mainly agricultural with far reaching socio-economic impacts on livelihood sustainability.

Doctor Uyi Ojo who expressed the delight that the findings have now countered the brainwash by corporation and their lies allegedly exposed said the key recommend actions of the research include respect to communal land rights, a Holt to depreciation, eviction and destruction of rural livelihoods.

Some environmental Activists who participated in the policy brief commended environmental Rights Action for its leadership roles in engaging multinationals involved in communal land grabbing as many especially in Cross River State have started living up to their corporate social responsibilities their host communities.

The country policy brief on bottom up accountability and securing communal land rights in Cross River State was attended by civil society Activities across the country and an Assistant Director Federal Ministry of Environment Abuja.

Reported by Sunny-Duke Okosun.

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