Association urges members to comply with globally accepted environmental standards

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The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has urged its members to review their operations and ensure minimal negative impacts on the environment.

Mr. Joe Onyebu, the acting Chairman, MAN Apapa Branch, made the appeal at the 10th edition of the association’s Environmental and Safety Seminar in Lagos.

Theme of the seminar was: “The Production of Substandard Food and Beverages: The Role of Environmental and Safety Controls’’.

Onyebu said the seminar was initiated as a means of providing value adding advisory services to elicit voluntary compliance of member companies to the globally accepted environmental standards and the Nigeria environmental laws.

“The fact that this seminar is convened on an annual basis underscores the importance the association attaches to environmental and safety issues,’’ he said.

The MAN chairman implored the government to tackle the deplorable roads within the Amuwo-Odofin Industrial Axis, Mile 2-Coconut Road, Mile 2-Kirikiri Road, Coconut to Liverpool and a host of others.

Onyebu commended the Lagos State government for agreeing to the request of harmonising regulatory functions of the various government agencies.

He advised the government to increase patronage of Nigerian manufactured products to ensure survival of the sector.

“MAN has remained committed to constant dialogue with the government at all levels and look forward to improved electricity and other infrastructure to enhance competitiveness,’’ Onyebu said.

Also, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has expressed concerns over the impact of food and beverages produced under wrong environmental conditions on the wellbeing of citizens.

The NESREA Director, Lagos Liaison Office, Mr. Ayuba Jacob, said poorly produced foods and drinks in unhygienic environments was found to be one of the leading causes of diseases particularly in children.

Jacob, represented by Ms. Tolofari Ngere, Head, Pollution Control and Sanitation Unit, said that the agency is engaged in series of nationwide compliance monitoring inspection visits to facilities in the food and beverages sector. This, he said, is to ascertain their level of compliance with regulations governing the sector.

He encouraged facilities in the food and beverages sector to channel their resources toward activities that would not compromise environmental integrity for the present and future generations.

The NESREA director said that more facilities were complying and expending efforts to ensure that the technologies and productions were greener and more environment friendly.

The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) called for a proper follow-up and adherence to guidelines on waste disposal practices from cradle to finish.

The LAWMA Director-General, Mr. Oladimeji Oresanya, said that adherence to proper waste disposal practices would prevent environmental challenges experienced by wrong disposal system.

He said that the new government in Lagos had expended efforts by consolidating on extensive enlightenment on recycling, as the most sustainable option in waste management.

“The government has embarked on empowerment initiatives and set up recycling plants to ensure ease of disposal of recyclable wastes,’’ the LAWMA director-general said.