Nigeria’s top environment watchdog, NESREA (National Environmental Standards and Environmental Enforcement Agency) is 10! And as the Agency had done in the past ten years, she hosted the 11th National Stakeholders Forum just this week.
The theme for the recently concluded Stakeholders Forum held between 12 – 13 December, 2017 at Nicon Luxury Hotel, Abuja, Federal Capital Territory was ‘Environmental Governance – A Key to Achieving Green Economy’.
Objective of the Stakeholders Forum
According to the official website of the Agency, the Stakeholders Forum was put together to “deepen public knowledge and understanding of environmental governance as a critical factor in achieving green economy within the context of sustainable development, and how best to mainstream the green agenda into our national development plan.”
More specifically, the Stakeholders Forum was: “to understand the concepts and elements of environmental governance and green economy, and their linkages within the context of sustainable development; to explore available best practices and options in environmental governance towards achieving green economy; to highlight the experiences and key milestones of NESREA in environmental governance over the last 10years; and to provide concrete recommendations on the way forward.”
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One lead paper, “Environmental Governance – A Key to Achieving Green Economy (Lead Paper)” by Prof. Muhammed Tawfiq Ladan (Member, IUCN Academy/Commission On Environmental Law, and Hubert Humphrey Fellow, USA), and four thematic papers: “Greening our industries for sustainable development (Advocacy for Eco-innovation for Sustainable Green Economy)” by Professor Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye, fnes, fsesn (Prof, Department of Animal and Environmental Biology, University of Benin, and National President, Nigerian Environmental Society, NES), “Green Transportation: Controlling obnoxious emissions” by Dr. A.A. Raji (Managing Director/CEO, Rabelat Nigeria Ltd, Rabelat House, Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Ilorin, Nigeria), “Building green and sustainable cities: The place of Environmental Standards and Regulations” by Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba (Vice-Chancellor, Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, FUNAI), and “Integrated Solid Waste Control in a Green Economy” by Prof Oladele Osibanjo (President Waste Management Society of Nigeria, WAMASON) were presented at the Forum. A Communiqué was also released at the end of the Forum.
The “Who is Who” at the Stakeholders Forum
A wide range of participants was drawn from stakeholders from the public and private sectors, particularly those whose activities have direct or indirect bearings on the environment at national, state and local government levels attended the Forum. These included members of the regulated community, environmental management professionals/practitioners, the academia, researchers, lawmakers, NGOs, community leaders, Development Partners, members of the International Community, the Media, and members of the Public.
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Also present at the Forum were Alhaji Ibrahim Usman Jubril (Honourable Minister of State for Environment) who was represented by Pastor Friday Afikurue; Senator Oluremi Tinubu, (Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment) represented by Senator Foster Ogola (Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment); Dr. Lawrence C. Anukam (current DG, NESREA); and Dr. Ngeri Benebo (pioneer and immediate past DG, NESREA). The 11th National Stakeholders’ Forum was headed by Prof. A.M.A Imevbore (Chairman of the, and Chairman, Environmental Resources Managers Limited),
The Stakeholders Forum also gave us things to look forward to
Other highlights of the Forum were: the announcement by Dr. Lawrence C. Anukam (current DG, NESREA) that Agency is to re-introduce environmental whistle blowers as watchdogs of sustainable development and to advance environmental governance in Nigeria. This is taking a clue from the highly successful similar policy introduced by the Buhari-led Federal Government to advance the anti-corruption fight within the polity; the re-assuring statement by Sen. Oluremi Tinubu that NESREA would continue to be empowered by the National Assembly to influence and implement environmental standards that have been set up by the laws of the land.
- Compiled by: Idowu Kunlere
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