By Asmau Ahmad with NAN Report
Lagos, Dec. 16, 2014; The Environmental Management Association of Nigeria (EMAN) on Tuesday urged the National Assembly (NASS) to speed up action on the Bill for an Act to establish the Environmental Managers Registration Council of Nigeria (EMERCON).
The Association said this in a Communiqué issued after its 4th National Conference held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom. The Communique was signed by Dr Emmanuel Ating, EMAN National President.
“EMERCON will ensure that Environmental Management Practice in Nigeria is effectively regulated, based on formal training.”It will help the Association to standardise the name and the curriculum for Environmental Management Education programmes in tertiary institutions.
“In doing this, EMAN will collaborate with the Nigeria Universities Commission (NUC), the National Board for Technical Education (NBTE) and the National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE),” the communique said. The communiqué also said that tertiary institutions should incorporate ‘Man and his Environment study’ in their general/foundation studies.
It said this wiould help to mainstream the ‘3Rs’ into annual environmental Management Programme activities to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle generated wastes and materials. The communiqué called on all levels of government to start the full implementation of the approved Environmental Management Officers’ Scheme of Service.
It said that the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Act should be effectively implemented for all development projects through enhanced awareness creation and enforcement of the provisions of the Act. According to the communiqué, the entire EIA process should also be decentralized and made less cumbersome and expensive.