As the world grapples with realities of years of impacts of man’s intervention on earth, experts in Nigeria have continued to add their voice to ongoing global effort to stem the tide.
In mid November, 2016, members of the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Pollution Mitigation, SETPOM, converged on the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoko, for the annual International Conference and Conferment of Fellows’ Award of SETPOM with the theme “Environmental Management and Economic Crises- Challenges, Opportunity and Innovation”.
The conference which featured various speakers from various aspects of environmental management including Olubunmi Odubanjo (Professor of Zoology Department, UNILAG) and Prof. Adebayo Otitoloju (Professor of Ecotoxicology and Pollution Management, UNILAG and founder, SETPOM) re-emphasised the need for proper waste and environmental management in Nigeria and a more responsive approach to climate mitigation.
Scientific based arguments were made point for clean energy, responsive environmental management and that a healthy environment is a major collateral for economic development. Experts were unequivocal in agreeing that through innovation and a holistic environmental strategy, Nigeria can achieve both economic development and a healthy environment without sacrificing either.