Presidency charges Nigerians to comply with environmental regulations

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ABUJA – As the global community prepares to celebrate the 2014 World Environment Day, the Ecological Office (EFO) in the Presidency Wednesday advised Nigerians to comply with all environmental regulations and laws.

Mr Tolu Makinde, Deputy Director (Press) in the ’s office made the call while speaking with the News Agency of (NAN) in Abuja.

The World Environment Day, a declaration of the UN, is celebrated June 5 every year. The UN General declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing (SIDS).

World Environment Day (WED) 2014 will be celebrated under the theme of SIDS under the slogan “Raise your Voice Not the Sea Level”, with the goal of raising of unique development challenges and successes regarding a range of environmental problems.

They include climate change, waste management, unsustainable consumption, degradation of natural resources, and extreme natural disasters.

Makinde advised the to adopt most decent waste management practices while urging rural communities to control indiscriminate discharge of waste within localities.

He urged rural communities to also stop indiscriminate felling of trees for charcoal production and to adopt other sources of energy for cooking.

“Our advocacy for this year’s world Environment Day is for the to align with the in terms of environmental compliance.

“We advice to stop building waterways to avoid flooding.’’

He attributed the delay in the commissioning of ecological projects nationwide to the need to sign a Memorandum of Understanding between the ’s office and those communities where projects were located.

He said the taking over by the communities would ensure sustainability, adding that without maintenance, the purpose for the projects would not be achieved.

“Most of the ecological projects are completed nationwide and are waiting for commissioning.

“Our policy is not only the commissioning but the taking over of those projects for their sustainability.

“The issue is not just commissioning of those projects but the post-commissioning service.

“We those benefiting communities to take over those projects for their maintenance and their sustainability.

“These projects must be serviced and protected so that will not turn them to waste dumpsites,‘’ Makinde said. (NAN)