By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Governor of Taraba State, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku has officially commissioned the National Environmental Standards and Regulations
Enforcement Agency (NESREA) new Field Office in Jalingo, the Capital of Tarabal State.
The ceremony held recently, Declaring open the office, Arc. Darius who was epresented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Anthony Jellason, stated that the State had been bedevilled with a lot of environmental challenges, ranging from soil erosion, flooding, desertification, poor waste management practices and others too numerous to mention.
The Govenor stated that it was based on these challenges that necessitated the collaboration with the Federal Government to curb the menace by establishing the presence of NESREA in the State.
He said that the presence of NESREA in the State will create a lot of awareness and help address serious environmental issues before they get out of hand. “We are conscious of our responsibility to protect the environment for sustainable development and economic growth in the State”, he added.
He therefore solicited the cooperation of the general public with the staff of NESREA to carry out their statutory functions of protecting the environment for the general well-being of the State.
The Director-General of NESREA, Dr Lawrence Chidi Anukam used the opportunity to thank the Governor for his support and encouragement. “We applaud the “Rescue Agenda” of His Excellency, and the giant strides he has made in the economic and social transformation of Tarabal State”, he stated.
He said NESREA was established in 2007 with the mandate to protect the environment and to build partnership with Stakeholders at global, regional, national and state levels in the implementation of the Agency’s mandate.
He disclosed that the establishment of the field Office in Jalingo, was a veritable springboard for cooperation and partnership with the State Government, particularly in the area of environmental protection and sustainable development.