Over and over again, the environmental laws have been violated by both individuals and corporations and in spite of the government’s vigorous efforts to enforce these laws, various environmental deficiencies and discrepancies continue to be observed. As a result, the Federal Government, recently announced its decision to seal 269 facilities for the continued violation of the environmental laws, upon its conduction of environmental compliance monitoring on over 8,000 corporate facilities between 2012-2022.
Professor Aliyu Jauro, Director General of the National Environment Standard and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) made this known during his media briefing of the National Environmental Compliance Award (NECA). He disclosed that the establishment of this award by the agency was scheduled for December 6th, 2022. He stated that the agency, between 2012 and 2022, conducted vigorous monitoring on these corporate facilities for national regulation and the facilities guilty of compliance to the environmental regulations would be punished.
35 environmental regulations developed across all sectors in the country.
He noted that the agency was actively carrying out a variety of compliance monitoring activities and enforcement measures within all the country’s 36 states, with numerous facilities being sealed for their non-compliance to the provisions of the environmental laws. The agency, upon reviewing its mandate, noticed that some facilities across the country were carrying out their tasks without complying to the requirements of the environmental regulations, despite their efforts at promoting best practices and adopting sustainable operations.
Prof. Jauro disclosed that the agency had developed about 35 environmental regulations across the various sectors that make up the economy since its inception. He noted that these regulations were a poignant benchmark that has ensured the compliance monitoring activities of the agency. He again indicated that the agency maintained gradual processes in sanctioning facilities but rather issued compliance concern notices, as well as abatement notices, upon the visits to these facilities for the compliance monitoring.
NASREA award to be chaired by President Mohammadu Buhari.
The Director General noted that the agency encouraged voluntary compliance, hence, reason for these vigorous processes taken before sanctioning any facility for non-compliance. He also pointed that the top 17 facilities across the different sectors in the country that had diligently complied with the regulations, guidelines and standards of the NESREA act would be immensely recognized with awards. This award, Prof. Jauro noted, was to further encourage the facilities that had been working hard to ensure their compliance of these regulations.
He pointed out that the paradigms by which these facilities were being rated were overtly on the basis of the possession of a certified environmental documentation, present permits, installation of effective pollution abatement equipment, as well as the corporate and social responsibility. He stated that the impending award event, which is to hold on December 6th would be chaired by President of the federation, Mohammadu Buhari. With the inception of this award, Prof. Jauro stated that there would be a conscious awakening among the regulated community as to propagating sustainable development.
It is most important to adopt the best environmental practices now.
Continuing on, he noted that it was more important now than ever to adopt the best environmental practices, due to the efforts to salvage the problem of carbon and greenhouse gas emission for militating climate change and achieving a healthier ecosystem. He disclosed that the agency had worked closely to ensure that the dream of organizing NECA is achieved. Prof. Jauro however beseeched with the involved stakeholders to continually help the agency by sensitizing the general public on the environmental problems and measures for ensuring a healthy environment.