NESREA Shuts Two Facilities in Kogi, Warns Violators

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The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has shut down 2 facilities in Kogi for alleged violation of environmental safety standards.

The Director General of NESREA, Prof. Aliyu Jauro who was represented by Assistant Director in the agency, Mrs. Ann Akhigbe, made this known while briefing journalists in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital, after the enforcement.

According to him, the affected facilities which are located at Crusher and Obajana, suburbs of Lokoja metropolis, were sealed for various alleged offenses of breaking the environmental safety standards and regulations of the agency, adding that the level of negligence exhibited by these facilities poses great threats to the environment.

“Despite series of forewarnings issued to these facilities to operate in an environmental and eco-friendly manner, they refused to adhere to the rules and this calls for sanction,” he said.

He also noted that the enforcement exercise which is nationwide was intended to bring an end to non-adherence to environmental safety standards and regulations by some facilities.

The NESRA boss listed the affected facilities and revealed that the facilities would be sanctioned until they adhere to the set environmental safety standards and regulations.

On her part, the Assistant Director advised Kogi residents and Nigerians as a whole to serve as environmental whistle-blowers by reporting facilities that indulge in illicit activities which are detrimental to humans and the environment.

NESREA is an agency under the Federal Ministry of Environment responsible for enforcing all environmental laws, guidelines, policies, standards, and regulations in Nigeria.

Since its inception, the Agency has carried out numerous projects, programs, and activities to enable it to meet its mission of inspiring personal and collective responsibility in building an environmentally conscious society for the achievement of sustainable development in Nigeria.

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