By Lazarus Zakaa, Abuja
The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has stated it’s resolve to sack incompetent environmental consultants immersed in professional misconduct or degrading environmental laws.
The director- general/chief executive of NESREA, Prof Aliyu Jauro stated this in Abuja yesterday at the 4th induction course for 2019 accredited Environmental Consultants, organised by the agency.
He noted that NESREA being an agency of the federal ministry of environment has 33 environmental regulations that deals with waste management, adding that the agency would fully implement the regulations in a bid to resolve problems associated with poor waste management.
According to him, “We have different types of waste such as e-waste, medical waste, solid and liquid waste but our regulations in the area of medical waste will soon be ready”.
Jauro maintained that NESREA is collaborating with similar agencies on sound environmental management since its regulation covers issues on desertification and flooding.
While assuring of addressing rampant desertification caused by incessant felling of trees, he vowed to sanction developers in the housing and construction sector building houses on waterways.
He lamented that building on waterways and dumping of refuse on the drainages were part of the major problems that contributed to flooding in the country.
He added, “If you go to most of our cities, you will discover that resident’s dump refuse on water channels and during heavy rains, the refuse will block the water channels and lead to flooding”.
Jauro maintained that the consultants are responsible for carrying out environmental auditing on behalf of their client, while NESREA’s role would be to review their work and issue certificates accordingly.
He disclosed that the training would equip the consultants on how to execute their jobs in line with international best practice, in order to guarantee healthy and clean environment.