The Hon. Minister of State, Environment, Dr. Iziaq Adekunle Salako says the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency, NESREA, has the support of the Federal Government in carrying out enforcement of environmental regulations and implementation of policies to protect the environment and improve the lives of the citizens.
Dr. Salako who was on a maiden visit to the headquarters of NESREA in Abuja, pointed out the pivotal role of enforcement to growth and development, saying, “in any society, enforcement is key. If you make laws and they are not enforced , you breed disorder. The role of NESREA is very key and very central and it is our role to support NESREA to deliver on its mandate.”
He lauded the efforts of the Agency in achieving a circular economy through the Extended Producer Responsibility Programme (EPR), stating that the Federal Government was interested in the circular management of solid waste to ensure they do not end up in drainages and waste dumps.
The Minister inspected some infrastructures which were critical to the enforcement of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and also the Air Quality Monitoring Equipment.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director General of NESREA, Prof Aliyu Jauro praised the Minister for his doggedness in ensuring the scaling up of development of policies and programmes to enhance environmental enforcement and protection in Nigeria.