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Environmental sector to create opportunities

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By Okunloye Abiodun

Environmental Health Council of Nigeria promised to generate 10,000 new jobs.

At the National Environment Health Business Forum held in Abuja with the theme “Developing Sustainable Environmental Health Business Model in Support of Nigeria’s Economic Diversification Drive,” Dr Yakubu Baba, the Registrar of Environment Health Council of Nigeria (EHCON), stated 10,000 new jobs will be generated in Nigeria’s environmental health sector. According to Dr. Baba, the goal of the Business Forum is to create an environment that will encourage the private sector to participate and make investments in the nation’s environmental health.

The business forum held was also modified as a direct result of the new law because they believe that the Government cannot ensure environmental health on its own in light of the consolidation of the legislation that established the council. Therefore, they need also to create an environment that encourages the private sector to come and contribute to their quarter by making it easier for them to do so. Dr Baba explained that the environmental health sector is filled with a lot of opportunities, and after three days of their deliberation, those jobs should be created.

Goal is to promote the best environmental practices.

EHCON has also launched two authentication documents in order to promote and guide environmentally sustainable business practices in Nigeria. According to the registrar, the newly released document will serve as the definitive authority on licenses issued to companies in Nigeria that are in the business of providing environmental health services. It would enhance the country’s supervision and control measures already in place. Dr. Baba added that the Gazette membership would be the most effective way for the council to publish the list, as it would also allow the general public to learn more about who among them is an Environment Health Practitioner.

More so, another document which is the second that is issued by the minister is the seal. As Health Officer makes use of public health law as their legislation, they have many documents that need to be signed to be legal. The validity of those documents is needed to obtain one’s signature on them legally. Now however, they will use their seal in place of the signature; as a result, any legal document issued by any practitioner that does not have a seal is invalid and ineffective.

Environmental Health practitioners will not be recognized without a seal.

Speaking on the organization’s transition of name from the Regulations Council of Nigeria, EHORECON, to the Environmental Health Council of Nigeria, EHCON. Dr. Baba explained that the name change resulted from an amendment to Act No. 11 of 2002, which originally established the council. He mentioned that on September 6, 2022, President Muhammadu Buhari signed the new law that created the new name. With the change in name came new responsibilities for the council, which is now responsible for enforcing rules on 21 different components of environmental health, including those related to food safety, abattoir sanitation, sanitation in the hospitality industries, international regulations and so on, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Mr. Mohammed Abdullahi, Nigeria’s Minister of Environment, stated that the document would assist environmental health practitioners in regulating their activities. According to him, the Nigerian Government and other public offices will not acknowledge any document from Environmental Health practitioners unless it is sealed. The minister of the Federal Ministry of the Environment presented and launched the official gazette on behalf of the ministry, which made evident the publication of members authorized for membership practitioners of Nigeria. This is significant because it elevates the professionalism of membership and puts an end to the practice, which has been widespread in Nigeria, of individuals posing as Environmental Health officers in order to provide media reports or consultancy services without actually being certified to do so.

The Government has made significant efforts to raise public awareness.

Dr. Edwin Isoto-Eden, WHO representative in Nigeria, stated that the program would assist in assessing and examining how business models would generate jobs that might create opportunities to lower unemployment in Nigeria. When examining Nigeria’s environmental context, one will discover that environmental risk factors account for 9% of the national body of disease there. Naturally, climate change cannot be discussed without examining the factors that makeup cleaning products: the environment, social inclusion and economy. In the same view, Joanna Tarnawska, the ambassador of Poland to Nigeria, noted that the Nigerian Government had made significant efforts to raise public awareness of environmental issues and protect the environment and promote environmental health.


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jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

The environmental health council should please provide the jobs Nigerians are truly in need of work and healthy environment leaving.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

If the environmental sector can provide this jobs as they say they will it will be a nice thing happening to us because people need job so they can earn and take care of themselves. If the jobs is create it will save a lot of unemployed people

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

The business forum was altered as a direct result of the new law because they feel that, given the consolidation of the laws that created the council, the government cannot adequately protect the environment on its own.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

Since the new law consolidated the legislation that founded the council, the business forum was also adjusted to reflect the consensus that the government cannot guarantee environmental health on its own.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

The field of environmental health presents a wealth of options, and following consideration lasting for three days, they should decide whether or not to generate the jobs in question.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

There is a lot of room for innovation in the field of environmental health; after three days of deliberation, they should decide whether or not to create the positions in question.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

Cleaning products are an integral part of any discussion on climate change, and this includes their effects on the environment, on society at large, and on the economy.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

Because the Health Officer bases his legislation on the public health law, they have a lot of documents that need to be signed in order for them to be considered legitimate.

Abayomi
Abayomi
1 year ago

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Last edited 1 year ago by Abayomi
Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

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Last edited 1 year ago by Remi1
Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

I’m definitely sure the environment sector can actually create even more than 1000 jobs. The environment includes the climate and this sector needs utmost care and protection. It is the lack of regard for our environment that has caused this recent flooding.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

If the council wanted to publish the list, the most efficient way to do so would be through the membership of the Gazette.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

In order to lawfully obtain someone’s signature on those documents, the documents themselves need to be valid.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

After three days of discussion, they should decide whether or not to create the jobs that are in dispute. There is a lot of space for innovation in the subject of environmental health.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

The government of Nigeria had put in a lot of work to educate the general populace about environmental issues, as well as to safeguard the natural world and advance public health concerns related to the environment.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

This is a good news because thousands of environmental health graduate without no job for them,this will create job for them.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

Like i always say federal governmeny promise is under probability. We will and will promise is not yet done. Untill it is done or provide the i can believe the government of nigeria

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

It is noted that the Nigerian Government had made significant efforts to raise public awareness of environmental issues and protect the environment and promote environmental health. it is good.

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Am really thrilled by this news. It will be a tremendous advancement if the environmental sector could really create such number of employment.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

If more of these kinds of programs could be organized and more people empowered for capacity building many people will be gainfully employed. It will also contribute to nation building provided that government policies is favourable.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

This is good news. A significant step forward would be if the environmental sector could actually generate that many jobs.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

Nigeria that are in the business of providing environmental health services. It would enhance the country’s supervision and control measures already in place. And as well create job opportunities