The Federal government says the environment should be given the same credence as national security to make it safer.
Dr Rufus Ebegba, the Director-General, the National Biosafety Management Agency(NBMA) made this known at the Induction Ceremony of the Environmental Media Correspondents Association of Nigeria (EMCAN) in Abuja.
He said that the environment needed to be healthy for the nation’s national system to be healthy.
“Our environment is very key, I believe environment if given the same credence in the area of national security, the country will be safer for it.
“All our activities are in the environment, we human beings are in the environment, farming system is in the environment, government is in the environment.
“So if the environment is not healthy, our national system will never be healthy and the environment should be given the necessary credence, so it will be good for all of us.”
The Conservator-General, National Park Services, Alhaji Ibrahim Goni, said the service would continue to partner with the association in carrying out its activities on reporting on environmental issues.
Goni, represented by Conservator of Park, Abdulrahman Mohammed said “our doors are open to you if you need any information and we wish the association the very best.”
Prof. Nasiru Idris, the Dean, Faculty of Environmental Science, Nasarawa State University Keffi in his presentation titled: “Environmental Sustainability: Way forward for Nigeria”, said policies and industrial laws were ineffective in Nigeria.
Chuks Oyema, the Chairman of the association, said the gathering signaled the association’s intention to contribute through its reportage in making the environment better for human existence.