By Kenny Folarin
The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has kick-started a capacity building workshop for staff of the organization across the country on mitigation and adaption on climate change. This follows poor compliance, monitoring, and enforcement of environmental issues in the country.
The Director-General, NESREA, Dr. Lawrence Anukam who made this known in Abuja at the flag off of the capacity building programme for personnel of the Agency in Abuja said that the training which will be conducted in the six geopolitical zones of the country is aimed at ensuring compliance, monitoring and enforcement on mitigation and adaptation considering Nigeria’s convention, treaties and its Paris agreement on Climate Change.
While addressing newsmen at the event, Dr. Lawrence noted that if Nigeria duly commits itself to the implementation of the treaties and agreement, and nothing is done in enforcement and monitoring then, it would be believed that the government is doing nothing on the issue of climate change.
Similarly, Dr. Lawrence affirmed the need of the training which is targeted at ensuring that officers of the Agency have adequate knowledge and a better understanding of how best to enforce laws and regulations as they relate to climate change
“This training is essentially meant to equip the participants with issues of mitigation and adaptation of climate change and how to relate this to existing laws and regulations in line with global best practices”
Furthermore, the Director, Department of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment Dr. Peter Yerima who also lauds the initiative of NESREA affirmed that the training will not fall short of promoting successful environmental compliance and enforcement practices relevant to climate mitigation and adaptation by ensuring environmental requirements that have climate co-benefits that will effectively help implement our Nationally Determined Contribution Sectorial Action Plan.