Gabriel Enenche —
An environmentalist, Prof Chidozie Uwalaka has thrown a word of caution on addressing challenges related to waste management.
Prof Uwalaka called on the Nigerian government to ensure only accredited consultants of the Ministry of Environment are used in the enforcement of waste management policies.
He made this admission yesterday in Owerri, the Imo state capital in a lecture titled: “Hazardous Waste Management, a Way Forward for Nigeria”.
While expressing worry that poor handling of hazardous waste products in various organizzations in the country might further expose Nigerians to health challenges, he said Nigeria still operated a waste management system below the global standard.
“In line with the new world order, the Federal Government must be aware of how the oil companies, hospitals, banks, industries, tertiary institutions and so on manage their hazardous waste, he stated.
“It is globally recommended for countries to make use of accredited consultants from their Ministry of Environment.
“Following its expertise and stringent conditions, the Ministry of Environment is compelled to act in the overall benefit of the society”, he added
He further advised the federal government on the need to be wary of most of those recognised by its establishments as accredited agents.
The event was organised by the newly inaugurated Imo Council of Nigerian League of Environmental Management.