ENVIRONMENT Kano tannery operators warned Climate Change: Hydrogeologists warn on against degrading the environment effects on water resources
The Director-General of National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Dr. Lawrence Chidi Anukam has read the riot act to tannery operators in Kano State, warning them to desist from degrading the environment.
Dr Anukam who described Kano as a strategic industrial hub, regretted that it is now being abused and used as a hot spot for environmental degradation, a statement from the agency said.
According to him, it was rather disturbing and unfortunate that the environment is being seriously impacted as a result of their reckless attitude and disregard for environmental laws and regulations, stressing that it is a lot easier to destroy than to build.
“This cannot continue; we would not let one industry or the other pull down what we consider our common heritage,” he added.
The NESREA boss said it is disheartening and a pointer to complete disregard for human lives, a situation whereby despite repeated visits by agency officials, facility owners still refuse to comply.
“Where you refuse to do the right thing, the rules will automatically apply; we cannot fold our hands and watch, this is totally unacceptable. We are not interested in sanctions, but if we are forced to, then we shall wield the big stick”, he warned.
Dr Anukam explained that the deluge of complaints and the steady flow of negative reports about their actions had necessitated this second meeting, saying, “nobody is above the law; you need to run your industry in such a way that your activities will have minimum negative impact on the environment or none at all. ”
He however, called for the procurement and installation of antipollution equipment with immediate effect.
“Gone are the days when environmental rules are taken for granted; we must aim for better and cleaner environment; this is where our children are going to live, ” he said.
Earlier, the Director-General and his team had conducted an on-thespot inspection of some facilities in Sharada, Bompai and Challawa areas, where erring facility operators were instantly queried on reckless operations. The Nigerian Association of Hydrogeologists (NAH) has called on the Federal Government to save the country from the calamity that may emerge from pollution of water by urgently taking necessary actions that discourage such act.
The association also tasked the government to create public awareness to make people appreciate issues of climate change, environmental and socio-economic impacts on the management of water resources.
The NAH in a communique issued at the end of its 29th conference in Ilorin with the theme: “Strategies to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in water” signed by its national president, Ehidiamhen Olumese also enjoined the National Assembly to act fast on passage of the water bill before it into Act saying it is urgently needed to strengthen the governance structure in the water sector.
The hydrogeologists observed with concern, the effects of environmental contamination and pollution of surface and underground water resources.
They were of the view that there is the need for the government to recognise the effects of climate change on water resources, and the incorporation of such knowledge into various developmental efforts aimed at achieving the SDGs in the water sector.
The association advised the government to institutionalise good governance and best practices in the administration of the several projects in the sector.
The NAH called for training and retraining of hydogeologists and other relevant professionals to acquire appropriate skills in groundwater modelling saying this had become the current trend in sustainable water resource management globally.