started this petition to
His Excellency, Liyel Imoke, Governor of Cross River State
After months of wrangling with Wilmar presenting all kinds of documents to support their plantation in Nigeria, RSPO saw through the half truths they presented and ordered Wilmar to stop all activities until a third party lawyer can assess the situation!
A cocoa plantation of 7241 hectares is being built in the Cross River South Forest Reserve and the support zone of the Oban Division of the Cross River National Park.
The region is home to many endangered primates including the Nigerian-Cameroon chimpanzee, which is listed as the most endangered of all chimpanzee subspecies.
The cocoa project violates the Cross River State of Nigeria Forest Laws and Regulations CAP 55, that prohibits farming activies in forest reserves; The National Park Service Act No. 46, which protects the National Park and prohibits forest-based commercial activities within the delineated National Park support zones as well as the buffer zones; It is contrary to the interests of the indigenous communities and inimical to the peaceful co-existence of the members of the neighbouring communities; and completely in conflict with the contemporary global initiatives on Climate Change,
We believe that the concession was an error and are reaching out to Cross River State officials to issue an Order of Revocation of this land title that was given to the cocoa plantation.