By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Ogun State Government has called for concerted efforts by all stakeholders in the environment sector towards finding lasting solutions to the myriad of environmental challenges confronting the nation.
The State Commissioner for Environment, Mr Bolaji Oyeleye gave this charge while declaring open the technical session of the 11th National Council on Environment in Abeokuta.
Oyeleye underscored synergy among relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government as essential ingredient for tackling the environmental issues in Nigeria and bridge the gaps in existing enforcement mechanism.
He added that the challenges should galvanise stakeholders to look inwards and think out of the box in the area of resource utilization, adding that industries and manufacturing outfits are now focusing on ways of maximising waste materials through recycling.
“There is now a global paradigm shift in the definition and conceptualization of waste. Now waste is thought of as huge source of wealth with multi -million US Dollar investments being sunk into waste conversion and recycling businesses annually,” he said.
In his opening remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, Dr. Shehu Ahmed said, the National Council on Environment was the highest decision making organ for the sector, adding that the objective of the meeting was to review the current challenges through memoranda received from all stakeholders for necessary actions.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director of Environment, Ogun State Ministry of Environment, Mr. Bola Orekoya, said the sector had been in the front burner in public and private discourse in the last two decades, attributing it to increased awareness among various stakeholders for a friendlier environment.
He added that efforts were being geared towards addressing the mistakes of the past and implementing necessary policies.