For Nigeria to successfully transit to a green economy, there is a need for the enforcement of existing legislations on sustainable environment.
Stakeholders, who spoke at the workshop in Lagos organized by the Community Conservation and Development Initiatives (CCDI) in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, were of the view that the problem was not the absence of legislations but their enforcement.
In the workshop, themed: “Environmental and Social Impact Assessment – For the Transition to a Green Economy in Nigeria, participants drawn from the academia, regulators, environmentalists and environmental advocates called for the entrenchment of a culture of sound environment practices across all institutions and sectors in the country.
Describing the Nigeria’s transition to a green economy as achievable, there are however so many areas that need to be leveled out for its realization’ [read more]
NESREA Threatens to Seal Organisations Over Environmental Laws
The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has threatened to seal any organization that disobeyed environmental laws and regulations in the country.
The Director-General of the agency, Dr. Lawrence Anukam, gave the warning in Abuja on the 9th of November 2016 in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
He said the agency doesn’t just seal firms but that there is a due process so as not to stifle the economic development of any organization.
Organizations should simply follow the rules. If a neighbouring company is complying with the environmental laws and another is not, it will negatively affect the other that is complying as well’ [read more]
Value of Environmental Crimes Rise By 26% In 2015 – UNEP
The United Nations Environment Programme has put the value of the world environmental crimes at between 91 billion dollars and 258 billion dollars in 2015, higher by 26% in 2014.
A joint report published on the 4th of June 2016 by the UNEP and INTERPOL stated that in 2014, the environmental crimes value ranged from between $70 billion and $213 billion.
The report was released as the world was preparing to mark World Environment Day on the 5th of June 2016.
The day is set aside by the UN to create awareness on environmental issues.
The report said that there was “rise of environmental crimes” globally.
Therefore, the world needs to come together now to take strong national and international action to bring environmental crime to an end’ [read more]
Kebbi Distributes 13 Motorcycles to Environmental Health Officers
The Kebbi Government has distributed 13 motorcycles to environmental health officers of the Ministry of Environment in the state to improve their service delivery.
The State’s Commissioner for Environment, Alhaji Muhammadu Gado, distributed the vehicles in Birnin Kebbi on the 14th of November 2016.
He said that the aim was to ease the transportation challenges facing the health officers in the discharge of their duties.
He said the state government was doing its best to ensure that the health officers were doing their work effectively in sanitizing the environment from any disease’ [read more]
Anambra to Sanction Landlords, Tenants for Dirty Environment
The Anambra government has directed landlords and tenants to regularly clean their surroundings or be sanctioned.
The Commissioner for Information, Culture, and Tourism, Dr. Uju Nwogu, said in a statement in Awka on the 25th of September 2015 that the directive became authoritative to ensure a flood-free environment and healthy living.
She said the government was not happy with some individuals disrupting its efforts with their dirty habits, particularly in the urban communities of Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi, Ekwulobia and Ihiala’ [read more]