By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), has revealed that the agency has over 600 environmental consultants .
Speaking yesterday at the 4th induction course for 2019 accredited Environmental Consultants/refreshers workshop organised by the agency, Director General/chief executive of NESREA, Prof Aliyu Jauro made the disclosure in Abuja, that the exercise which was introduced in 2009 has produced over 600 accredited consultants to date .
Consequently,The NESREA boss further explained that,the periodic induction workshop for consultants and refreshers was for both old and new consultants to help them keep abreast to the workings of the agency .
He emphasised 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.
Also, saying that”all consultants and refreshers are suppose to abide to all the rules and guidelines of environmental rules”,Prof.Jauro said.
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.
According to him,”NESREA being an agency of the federal ministry of environment has 33 environmental regulations that deals with waste management, saying that the agency would fully implement the regulations in a bid to resolve problems associated with poor waste management.
“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 pointed out that NESREA is collaborating with similar agencies on sound environmental management since its regulation covers issues on desertification and flooding.
While assuring the agency readiness to address rampant desertification caused by incessant felling of trees, he vowed to sanction developers in the housing and construction sector building houses on waterways.