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NESREA to seal off facilities across Nigeria

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By Abraham Adekunle

A history of nationwide enforcement due to environmental violations.

In the ongoing battle against environmental degradation and its dire consequences on public health, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has escalated its efforts, threatening to seal off facilities across Nigeria found in violation of environmental laws. This recent move underscores NESREA’s unwavering commitment to safeguarding the environment and the health of Nigerians amidst escalating environmental challenges. Professor Aliyu Jauro, the Director-General of NESREA, recently addressed journalists in Abuja, where he announced the agency’s intent to crack down on non-compliant facilities.

The event followed the sealing off of 15 facilities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) for various environmental infractions. Jauro emphasized that NESREA’s enforcement efforts would extend to all states in the country, leaving no room for environmental pollution and its detrimental effects on human and ecological health. To appreciate the significance of NESREA’s latest crackdown, it’s essential to delve into the agency’s history and its previous actions in enforcing environmental regulations across Nigeria. NESREA, established in 2007 under the NESREA Act 25, is mandated to ensure compliance with environmental laws, standards, and regulations in Nigeria.

Enforcing environmental laws and holding violators accountable.

Over the years, the agency has played a pivotal role in addressing environmental challenges and holding violators accountable. Since its inception, NESREA has embarked on various initiatives aimed at promoting environmental sustainability and enforcing environmental laws. One of its notable functions is conducting Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) and Environmental Audits to evaluate the potential environmental consequences of proposed projects and activities. These assessments serve as crucial tools for preventing environmental degradation and guiding sustainable development practices. NESREA’s enforcement activities have targeted a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing, construction, agriculture, and waste management.

Further, the agency has consistently cracked down on industries and facilities found guilty of polluting the environment, violating waste disposal regulations, or neglecting environmental safeguards. Through rigorous monitoring and enforcement actions, the agency has sought to create a culture of compliance and environmental responsibility among stakeholders. In the construction sector, which has witnessed significant infractions, NESREA has been particularly vigilant. The failure of developers to conduct proper Environmental Impact Assessments before embarking on construction projects has been a recurring issue. This oversight not only poses risks to the environment but also endangers the lives and properties of residents. The efforts to clamp down on non-compliant construction activities aim to prevent such adverse outcomes and promote sustainable urban development.

Collaborative enforcement for environmental protection.

Their enforcement approach is rooted in a combination of regulatory oversight, public awareness campaigns, and collaboration with relevant stakeholders. The agency works closely with state governments, regulatory bodies, civil society organizations, and the private sector to strengthen environmental governance and ensure collective action towards environmental protection. By fostering partnerships and engaging communities, environmental agency seeks to mobilize support for its enforcement initiatives and foster a culture of environmental stewardship. The recent sealing off of facilities in Abuja is just the latest in a series of enforcement actions undertaken by NESREA to uphold environmental standards nationwide.

Prior to this crackdown, the agency had issued warnings and compliance notices to erring facilities, giving them ample opportunity to rectify their violations. However, persistent non-compliance necessitated decisive action to prevent further harm to the environment and public health. As the agency expands its enforcement efforts to all states of the federation, it calls upon Nigerian citizens to actively support its mandate by adhering to environmental regulations and reporting offenders. The success of the mission hinges on collective responsibility and concerted efforts towards environmental preservation.

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Through sustained vigilance and enforcement, NESREA aims to create a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable environment for present and future generations. In all, NESREA’s recent crackdown on environmental violations reflects its longstanding commitment to upholding environmental standards and protecting public health. By building on its history of environmental enforcement and collaboration, also seeks to address the myriad of environmental challenges facing Nigeria and pave the way for a more sustainable future. As the nation confronts pressing environmental issues, NESREA’s role as a guardian of the environment remains indispensable in ensuring a safer and healthier Nigeria for all.

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