NESREA trains staff to en­force 28 more en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - From Eyo Charles, Cal­abar

Na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Stan­dards and Reg­u­la­tions En­force­ment Agency (NESREA) has held a one-day train­ing for its se­nior staff on how to en­force global en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards in the coun­try.

Speak­ing in Cal­abar at the 2nd Es­sen­tial En­force­ment Course for NESREA Staff held at the Cross River State field of­fice on Mar­ian Road, the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, Dr. (MRS) Ngeri Benebo, said that the agency has de­vel­oped 28 Na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Reg­u­la­tions that are be­ing en­forced in nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment of wet­lands, wa­ter­shed, coastal area pro­tec­tion, and de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion and drought mit­i­ga­tion across the coun­try.

Rep­re­sented by Mrs. Miranda An­nacheree, the Di­rec­tor, In­spec­tions and En­force­ment Depart­ment, Benebo said: “It is heart-warm­ing that just two weeks ago, the La­gos State govern­ment or­gan­ised a round­table to adopt the federal reg­u­la­tions evolved by NESREA as law for the state.

“Es­sen­tials of En­force­ment Course” is to im­prove par­tic­i­pants’ knowl­edge of en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and prac­ti­cal en­force­ment is­sues to en­able them un­der­stand the stan­dard­ised pro­ce­dure for en­force­ment and also to ap­pre­ci­ate the ap­pli­ca­tion of laws, reg­u­la­tions, guide­lines aimed at dis­cour­ag­ing vi­o­la­tions.

“This train­ing has been made manda­tory for all Se­nior Of­fi­cers Cadres of the agency be­cause we are all ex­perts. That is why we must ed­u­cate one an­other, look at how our en­vi­ron­ment runs, and be en­vi­ron­ment van­guard, ev­ery­body has a stake in en­sur­ing that our en­vi­ron­ment is clean and healthy for all of us.”

The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral said the train­ing will equip the staff to un­der­stand global con­cerns and re­spon­si­bil­ity for en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges ex­pressed in var­i­ous Mul­ti­lat­eral En­vi­ron­men­tal Agree­ments (MEAS) and im­prove their skills for rou­tine mon­i­tor­ing and in­spec­tion.

Benebo an­nounced that her agency would soon com­mence en­force­ment of emis­sion test­ing of mo­tor ve­hi­cles be­fore the reg­is­tra­tion of ve­hi­cles by Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

She em­pha­sised that the agency would be­gin to clamp down on such ve­hi­cles that do not meet spec­i­fied en­vi­ron­men­tal stan­dards.

Cross River State Co­or­di­na­tor Raph Nnam com­mended the Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of NESREA for the train­ing, say­ing that the staff will put the train­ing into use and en­hance their per­for­mance at the field.

PHOTO: NAN

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