Minister decries lack of treatment facilities for substandard products


Uduaghan3Mr Darius Ishaku, Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs and Supervising Minister of Environment, has decried the lack of treatment facilities for resource recovery in substandard products.

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Ishaku said this in Abuja on Tuesday at the 7th Annual National Stakeholders’ Forum organised by the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA).

He noted that the volumes of substandard and second hand products imported into the country had no formal treatment facilities for resource recovery and this situation posed serious health and environmental challenges.

He called on the citizens and consumers to report fake, substandard products and services to the appropriate authorities.

”As citizens and consumers, we also have a key role to play as we are required to report fake, substandard products and services to the appropriate authorities.

”We should insist on products that have minimum deleterious effects on our environment and health.

”We should all act as watchdogs to assist NESREA and other appropriate agencies of the government to effectively implement their relevant mandates in relation to sustainable consumption and production.”

The minister also attributed emerging environmental problems to the production and consumption pattern of the people.

According to him, the flagrant over-use and abuse of natural resources has a negative impact on human health.

”Many of our emerging environmental problems are as a result of unsustainable consumption and production patterns at national, regional and global levels.

”There is a growing concern about the flagrant over-use and abuse of natural and finite resources, and the consequences of these actions on human health and the environment are glaringly evident.”

He, however, said that the only solution to the emerging situation was to adopt a sustainable production and consumption strategies.

”Sustainable consumption and production is a key instrument for the achievement of sustainable development.

”It is one of the three overarching objectives and essential requirements for sustainable development, together with poverty eradication and the protection and management of the natural resources base.”

Ishaku also noted that the air was becoming increasingly polluted as water and land were also increasingly polluted and degraded by human activities.

He also noted that the urban landscape was being littered with hazardous waste due to indiscriminate dumping of both solid and liquid wastes.

Earlier in her address of welcome, Dr Ngeri Benebo, the Director-General of NESREA, said effective control of consumption and production patterns would protect health and the environment.

Benebo therefore urged Nigerians to protect the environment for the future.

”As citizens, we all have the right to live in an environment adequate for our health and well-being.

”We also have the duty, both individually and collectively, to protect and improve the environment for the benefit of present and future generations.”

In his goodwill massage, Prof. Saidu Mohammed, the Director-General of the National Space and Research Development Agency, said the agency had provided a map for environmental emergency management.

He said the map was to ensure the detection of environmental disasters, to avert further escalations.

”As a space agency, we are stakeholders in environment, especially as our satellite searches environmental disaster activities with a view to managing emergency activities in the environment sector.

”We have also developed research findings in all major areas in the environment sector,” he said.

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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