The Federal Government to has threatened to sack incompetent environmental consultants who indulge in professional misconduct or degradation of environmental laws in the country.
Director-General of National Environmental Standard Enforcement Regulatory Agency (NESERA), Prof Aliyu Jauro, stated this yesterday at the 2019 accredited Environmental Consultants, organised by the agency.
He said ministry has 33 environmental regulations that deal with waste management, adding that it would fully implement the regulations in a bid to resolve challenges associated with poor waste disposal.
“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,” he said.Jauro, therefore, explained that the agency was collaborating with other relevant agencies on sound environmental management since its regulation covers issues on desertification and flooding.He assured that the agency would address rampant desertification caused by incessant felling of trees, vowing to sanction developers in the housing and construction sectors building houses on waterways.He also lamented the building of houses on waterways and dumping of refuse on drainages, insisting that these were part of the major problems that contribute to flooding in the country.
“If you go to most Nigerian cities, you will discover that residents dump refuse on water channels and during heavy rains, the refuse block the water channels, which leads to severe flooding,” he stated.
Jauro maintained that consultants’ malfeasance was responsible for the environmental auditing on behalf of their clients, while NESREA’s role would be to review their work and issue them certificates.