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Waste management legislation in Nigeria: How adequate. – Part 2

By Shehu Sambo
22 July 2016   |   4:24 am
National Environmental (Mining and Processing of Coal, Ores, and Industrial Minerals) Regulations, 2009. S.I. No. 31. This Regulation seeks to minimize pollution from mining and processing of coal, ores and industrial minerals.


OTHER REGULATIONS: Apart from the above, we also have lots of Sundry legislations/regulations, among which are:National Environmental (Sanitation and Wastes Control) Regulations, 2009. S. I. No.28. The purpose of this Regulation is to provide the legal framework for the adoption of sustainable and environment friendly practices in environmental sanitation and waste management to minimize pollution.

National Environmental (Mining and Processing of Coal, Ores, and Industrial Minerals) Regulations, 2009. S.I. No. 31. This Regulation seeks to minimize pollution from mining and processing of coal, ores and industrial minerals.

National Environmental (Ozone layer Production) Regulations, 2009. S.I. No. 32. These provisions seek to prohibit the import, manufacture, sale and the use of ozone-depleting substances.

National Environmental (Food, Beverages and Tobacco Sector) Regulations, 2009. S.I. No. 33. These provides to prevent and minimize pollution from all operations and ancillary activities of food, beverages and tobacco sector to the Nigerian environment.

National Environmental (Noise Standards and Control) Regulations, 2009. S.I. No.35. the main objective of the provisions of this Regulations is to ensure tranquility of the human environment or surrounding and their psychological well-being by regulating noise levels.

National Environmental (Control of Bush/ Forest Fire and Open Burning) Regulations, 2010. S.I. No. 15. The principal thrust of these Regulations is to prevent and minimize the destruction of ecosystem through fire outbreak and burning of any material that may affect the health of the ecosystem through the emission of hazardous air pollutants.

National Environmental (Coastal and Marine Area Protection), Regulations, 2010. S.I. No. 18. This Regulation provides for the regulatory framework for the application of preventive, precautionary and anticipatory approaches so as to avoid degradation of the coastal and marine environment.
National Environmental (Construction Sector) Regulations, 2010. S.I. No.19. The purpose of these Regulations is to prevent and minimize pollution from Construction, Decommissioning and Demolition Activities to the Nigerian Environment.

National Environmental (Control of Vehicular Emissions from Petrol and Diesel Engines) Regulations, 2010. S.I. No. 20. The purpose of these regulations is to restore, preserve and improve the quality of air. The standards contained herein provide for the protection of the air form pollutants from vehicular emission.

For the purpose of State Legislations, attention is placed on Lagos State, acclaimed to be the highest waste generating geographical area in Nigeria. We have among other Laws, the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency Law, No. 9 of 1997. (LASEPA) S.7 of the Law provides that it shall be the functions of the Agency to: Advise the State Government on all environmental management policies; Give direction to the affairs of the Agency on all environmental matters;

Prepare periodic master plan to enhance capacity building of the Agency and for the environment and natural resources management; Carry out appropriate tests on insecticides, herbicides and other agricultural chemicals; Carry out public enlightenment and educate the general public on sound methods of environmental sanitation and management; Monitor and control disposal of solids, gaseous and liquid wastes generated by both government and private facilities in the State; Monitor and control all forms of environmental degradation from agricultural, industrial and government operations; Set, monitor and enforce standards and guidelines on vehicular emission;

Survey and monitor surface, underground and potable water, air, land and soil environments in the State to determine pollution levels in them and collect baseline data; Promote co‐operation in environmental science and technologies with similar bodies in other countries and international bodies connected with the protection of environment; and Co‐operate with the Federal, State and Local Governments, statutory bodies and research agencies on matters and facilities relating to environmental protection.
Alhaji Shehu Sambo, LLB Hons, LL.M, BL, MNIM, FCIT, ACIarb (N) is the Company Secretary of Total Facilities Management Ltd