Agency trains staff on en­force­ment of en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­ce­dures

Daily Trust - - ENVIRONMENT - From Has­san Ibrahim, Jos

The North-cen­tral Zone of Na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Stan­dard and Reg­u­la­tions En­force­ment Agency (NESREA), weekend, in Jos, con­cluded a two-day es­sen­tial en­force­ment course for its tech­ni­cal staff.

The train­ing, ac­cord­ing to NESREA, was aimed at build­ing the ca­pac­ity of par­tic­i­pants on en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion and en­force­ment is­sues.

Speak­ing at the event, Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of NESREA, Benebo Ngeri, said that the ex­er­cise was meant to ed­u­cate par­tic­i­pants on en­vi­ron­men­tal of­fences/penal­ties and mea­sures de­signed to dis­cour­age vi­o­la­tions.

Ngeri, who was rep­re­sented by the Di­rec­tor of En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity Con­trol of NESREA, Umar Maiwada, said: “We must look at how our en­vi­ron­ment runs, and be en­vi­ron­ment van­guards. Ev­ery­body has a stake in en­sur­ing that our en­vi­ron­ment is clean and healthy for all of us. There­fore, with that in mind, I ex­pect the train­ing to be very in­ter­ac­tive, re­source­ful and tremen­dously im­prove our en­force­ment and reporting skills. We have gone fur­ther to in­clude the gen­eral pub­lic in some of our train­ing and sen­si­ti­sa­tion pro­grammes.

“We hope that at the end of this train­ing course, par­tic­i­pants would have been ad­e­quately equipped with sound knowl­edge of en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges in Nigeria and the need for pro­tec­tion. It will also equip us to un­der­stand global con­cerns and re­spon­si­bil­ity for en­vi­ron­men­tal chal­lenges ex­pressed in var­i­ous Mul­ti­lat­eral En­vi­ron­men­tal Agree­ments (MEAs).”

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