Ports Authority enforces laws against environment pollution

David Adekunle, Lagos

L-R: Assistant General Manager Health and Safety of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ngozi Obiliki; General Manager, Health, Safety and Environment, Ahmed Yusuf; Director, Marine Environment Management department, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Susan Asagwara; Executive Director, Marine and Operations of NPA, Dr. Sokonte Davies; General Manager, Maintenance, Adamu Jatto; General Manager, Western Ports, Arc. Abiodun Gbadamosi and others at the 2017 World Environment Day celebration in Apapa, Lagos on Monday.

The Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA has been called upon to optimise their contribution to the growth of the Organisation.

This comes on the heels of making use of vast potentials presented to them by their immediate environment in the discharge of their duties.

The Managing Director of the NPA, Hadiza Bala Usman made the call while addressing Stakeholders at an event marking the 2017 World Environment Day.

Ms Bala Usman reiterated that the human environment needs to be properly understood in terms of the basic laws and regulations which needs to be strictly followed at all times by the inhabitants.

According to her, ‘’ we are to take a critical look at our attitude to the environment and consciously care for it by willingly complying with environmental laws and standards, using friendly technologies and methods in our industrial processes and productions.’’

Relevant Laws
The Executive Director Marine and Operations Dr. Sekonte Davies advised stakeholders at the event to come up with relevant laws and guidelines that would effectively assist in the growth of the environment.

Dr Davies was of the view that the expected changes in the environment can be achieved aside these relevant laws by the decision of the individuals in the environment to have a change in attitude in their ways of doing things.

“Doing the right things would always curb the waste of time and resources by relevant agencies of government towards achieving environmental growth,” he stated.

The Chief host and the General Manager Health Safety and Environment, Yusuf Ahmed affirmed that the annual event is a day set aside by the United Nations to remind humanity that the earth was a single entity that needs to be taken care of with all intent and purposes.

The Human Environment
The event which began in 1974 marked the beginning of the first United Nations Conference on the Human Environment which initially took place in Stockholm in 1972.

It witnessed the discussions on the connectivity as it relates to human interactions and the environment.

It was agreed by participants that the challenges facing the environment brought by man had become a problem which needed to be resolved expeditiously through International Cooperation.

According to Ahmed, “papers to be presented at this year’s event would attempt at exploring the environment and appreciate its beauty since it needs to be properly harnessed for the benefit of all.”

He said they would adopt steps at protecting the environment from negative effects through the planting of forest trees , reducing the wastes at source , proper waste disposal and management and reducing all forms of pollution.

He affirmed that Management would further ensure that its actions and those of its Stakeholders do not impact negatively on the environment through relevant national and International laws, regulations and conventions aimed at attaining a Port environment devoid of Pollution, oil Chemical spills and bio hazards.

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