By Vivian Emoni
The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) said on Thursday it had sealed 39 facilities for violating environmental laws across the country.
The agency’s Managing Director, Prof. Aliyu Jauro revealed this while briefing reporters on the agency’s activities in Abuja.
Jauro said the agency was on a mission to protect the environment, in line with its mandate, promising that no environmental offender would be spared.
“Last week, the agency embarked on an enforcement campaign that led to the closure of 39 facilities in different parts of the country, for failing to comply with applicable environmental laws.
“The facilities had previously received notices of compliance issues, as required by law, but had still failed to reduce their environmental infractions.
“These establishments will be sanctioned for their crimes, and some will be prosecuted before the competent courts.
“Enforcement is an ongoing exercise and I assure Nigerians that no errant installation will be spared,” he said.
Jauro said the agency is strengthening its enforcement infrastructure, building the capacity of its workforce and revising national environmental regulations.
He said the effort was to have offenders serve as a deterrent to others and also incorporate emerging environmental issues.
He added that the The agency will soon host its annual federal/state regulatory dialogue, adding that the dialogue will bring together environmental policy makers at the state and federal levels.
According to him, the dialogue will also involve industries and universities, to discuss national environmental regulations and ensure that roles are well delineated to facilitate the operation.
The Director General said the objectives of the dialogue were to address identified gaps, in selected national environmental regulations, to delineate the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders.
He said the aim was to integrate the operationalization of eco-guarding into the national environment through the regulation of the permit and license system.
“Regulations that need to be revised include, among others, the National Environmental Electrical/Electronic Sector, Regulations, 2011, the National Environmental Sanitation and Waste Control Regulations, 2009.
“Emerging environmental issues and interventions have emerged since some of these national environmental regulations were developed,” he said.
Jauro said the regulatory review would address shortcomings found during implementation.
He said two regulations drafted by the agency had recently been published in the Official Gazette and were ready for operationalization. (NOPE)
Edited by Ariwodola Idowu/Julius Toba-Jegede