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NESREA seals 13 facilities for violating law

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By Abiodun Okunloye

Adhering to environmental standards will protect health and ensure well-being.

The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has taken action against 13 facilities in the FCT for failing to adhere to environmental regulations by shutting them down. According to reports, Veritas Plastics, Dayak Nigeria Limited, Almat Farms, Salis Ventilated Homes Ltd, FIK Contracting Limited, and Peachville Estate were among the facilities sealed. Other companies include Net Construction Nigeria Limited, Efab Properties Ltd, Sazak Acres Bilogue, Homes, Phinada Mill, Cappa and D’Alberto Ltd, and Skippers Electronics.

Following the event in Abuja, Prof. Aliyu Jauro, the Director General of NESREA, engaged in a brief conversation with the press. He noted that the facilities were closed due to various environmental violations. The Director of Inspection and Enforcement in the agency, Mr. Abdulsalam Isa, representing Aliyu, affirmed that the facilities’ closure was done following proper procedures. He stated that the activity aligned with the President’s agenda and was a direct outcome of the Federal Ministry of Environment’s workshop in Kaduna focusing on Environmental Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement for 2024.

Lack of environmental audits leads to the closure.

Furthermore, the NESREA is committed to enforcing compliance with existing rules and regulations to uphold environmental standards in Nigeria. The agency shut down the uncooperative facilities in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory. Jauro clarified that the closure of the facilities was due to their inability to address environmental issues such as conducting Environmental Audits (EA), Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), developing Environmental Management Plans, and obtaining Environmental Permits. He mentioned that the environmental concerns extended to the Green and Brown environments.

Similarly, the agency recently took action against ten facilities in the green sector and three in the brown sector by sealing them due to environmental violations. This decision was made following proper procedures and multiple attempts to communicate with the facilities regarding their environmental status. It was discovered that some facilities previously sealed by the Federal Government had broken the seals, leading to further repercussions for their non-compliance. NESREA’s strict enforcement measures underscore the agency’s commitment to upholding environmental standards and ensuring accountability in environmental management practices across various sectors in Nigeria.

Enforcing these rules promotes the sustainability and well-being of Nigerians.

This agency is critical in protecting Nigeria’s environment by monitoring and enforcing compliance with environmental laws. By ensuring that industries and businesses adhere to regulations regarding waste management, pollution control, and natural resource conservation, NESREA helps to prevent environmental degradation and promote sustainable development. This protects the Nigerian people’s health and well-being and contributes to the country’s economic growth by creating a healthy environment for businesses to operate in and preserving natural resources for future generations.

Their waste management regulations ensure proper hazardous waste disposal, reducing environmental contamination risks. Emission standards restrict industrial air pollution levels, improving air quality and public health. Regulations on natural resource preservation promote sustainable utilisation, safeguarding biodiversity and ecosystem health. Impact assessment rules assess and mitigate potential environmental impacts of projects, fostering responsible development practices. Through these measures, they contribute significantly to ensuring a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable environment for present and future generations in Nigeria.

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Lastly, the agency’s commitment to upholding standards ensures the protection of the health and well-being of Nigerians and plays a significant role in driving the country’s economic growth. By promoting sustainable development practices, such as responsible waste management and pollution control, also creates a conducive environment for businesses to thrive. This, in turn, attracts investment, boosts productivity, and enhances the overall competitiveness of the Nigerian economy. Their efforts not only preserve the environment for future generations but also contribute to the sustainable development of Nigeria as a whole.

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