The National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has sealed off a total of 15 facilities in the Federal Capital Territory for various forms of environmental crimes, threatening to extend the clampdown across the 36 states of the country.
Briefing newsmen after the exercise on Wednesday, 7 February, 2024, the Director General of NESREA, Professor Aliyu Jauro said the facilities were sealed for failing to abate their environmental infractions after series of compliance concern notices had been issued to them.
He disclosed that the agency had followed due process in clamping down of the establishments, adding that, “before enforcement, we embark on compliance monitoring and issue the necessary warning to defaulting facilities. Some of their offences include not conducting Environmental Impact Assessment and Environmental Audit and these are some of the measures which had been put in place to safeguard the environment.”
Jauro lamented the high level of non-compliance in the construction sector, where 12 facilities were sealed, noting that the refusal of developers to adhere to regulatory provisions had led to loss of lives and properties.
He promised that the exercise will be replicated in all states of the federation.
The NESREA boss urged Nigerians to abide by environmental regulations and report offenders.