NESREA Reads Riot Act To Stakeholders

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The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) on yesterday urged stakeholders to adhere to the provisions of its regulations to help in sanitising the Nigerian environment.
the Director-General of the Agency, Dr Lawrence Anukam,  stated this in a paper presented at the closing of the International Waste Summit organised by the Waste Management Society of Nigeria (WAMASON) in Lagos.
The theme of his presentation is: “Enforcement of Environmental Law and Waste Management Industry Development.’’
Anukam, who was represented by the Director, South-West Zonal Office, Mr Olufunbi Sode,  said that the Extended Producers Responsibilities (EPR) scheme, when implemented, would rid the environment of solid wastes and enhance the aesthetics.
He noted that waste management involved numerous social issues and technological challenges.
According to the director-general, problems confronting effective solid waste management in many Nigerian cities are multi-dimensional.
“These problems can be attributed to co-disposal of wastes like hazardous, recyclable, bio-degradable and shortage of trained manpower.
“The challenge before us is to reduce production of non-biodegradable materials, re-use existing products in a wider range of applications and develop the technology to recycle materials once they have outlived their original purposes,’’ he said.
Anukam said that there were inadequate environmentally sound technologies and that there were low-waste production technology and technical know-how in Nigeria.
He said that while government was trying to ensure the transfer of such technology to the country, the problems associated with waste management could be solved through certain strategy.
Such strategy, according to him, is to discourage migration of people from rural to urban areas through provision of social amenities in the rural areas.
He also said there should be development of adequate town planning rules and its enforcement; synergy among all tiers of government; training and retraining of personnel; provision and maintenance of vehicles, other facilities and adequate funding.