NES seeks passage of environmental practitioners bill
The new president of the Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), Dr. Efegbidiki Okobia, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to sign into law the Institute of Environmental Practitioners bill.
Okobia made the call during his investiture as the 16th President of NES in Abuja. He said when the bill becomes law, it will regulate professional practices and improve the state of Nigeria’s environment.
He reiterated the association’s commitment to building a society that is inclusive, responsive, vibrant and dynamic to mitigate environmental challenges.
The chairman, NES Board of Trustees, Prof. Babajide Alo, congratulated Okobia for his passion for environmental issues, adding that his efforts had significant impact on the society and the building industry.
The society’s chairman, College of Fellow, Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, harped on the need for the Federal Government to pass the bill into law, for regulation of the sector.
In a lecture, the Director General,National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Prof. Aliyu Jauro, said the past decades had witnessed a greater awareness of the deleterious effects of centuries of uncontrolled exploitation of global resources without adequate care of environmental consequences of such activities.
He lamented occurrences such as acid rain, global warming, depletion of ozone layer, increased desert encroachment and fertile agricultural land and other threats like floods, earthquakes and industrial pollution, which limits human survival.
On his part, Chairman, Organising Committee, Paul Akporowho, said the forum was an opportunity to celebrate achievements of past president, as well as welcome the newly elected president.