Alobi: In­te­grate en­vi­ron­men­tal laws into force cur­ricu­lum

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Chidimma C. Okeke

A for­mer Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Lawrence Alobi, has called for the in­te­gra­tion of En­vi­ron­men­tal Laws and Reg­u­la­tions in the cur­ricu­lum of all train­ing in­sti­tutes of the po­lice force.

Alobi made the call while presenting a pa­per ti­tled: “An Over­view of the Role of the Po­lice in En­forc­ing En­vi­ron­men­tal Laws and Reg­u­la­tions”, dur­ing the Na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Stan­dards and Reg­u­la­tions En­force­ment Agency (NESREA)-Po­lice En­vi­ron­men­tal En­force­ment train­ing pro­gramme in Kaduna.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from NESREA, Alobi said the unit of the po­lice would col­lab­o­rate, sup­port and work with the agency with to com­bat en­vi­ron­men­tal crimes and pro­mote sus­tain­able devel­op­ment in the coun­try.

He noted that Nige­ria would be safer and more se­cured when the po­lice and NESREA col­lab­o­rate to work to­gether to en­force en­vi­ron­men­tal laws and com­bat en­vi­ron­men­tal crimes.

The Di­rec­tor Gen­eral of NESREA, Dr Lawrence Chidi Anukam, in his re­marks, said the pro­gramme was nec­es­sary to strengthen the ca­pac­ity of Po­lice Per­son­nel to en­able them con­trib­ute more ef­fec­tively and professionally to the pro­tec­tion of the en­vi­ron­ment.

Anukam noted that un­con­trolled ex­plo­ration and ex­ploita­tion of nat­u­ral re­sources had con­tam­i­nated the en­vi­ron­ment.

“This train­ing is there­fore aimed at en­gag­ing the po­lice more mean­ing­fully in en­vi­ron­men­tal com­pli­ance mon­i­tor­ing and en­force­ment ac­tiv­i­ties towards ad­dress­ing en­vi­ron­men­tal crimes,” he said.

Photo: Felix Onig­binde

From right: Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo, Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser, Maj. Gen­eral Baba­gana Monguno and his chil­dren dur­ing the Eid elFitr homage to the Pres­i­dent at his res­i­dence in Abuja yes­ter­day.

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