Dr Efegbidiki Okobia presenting his acceptance speech
Dr Efegbidiki Okobia has assumed office as the 16th National President of the Nigerian Environmental Society with a promise to take the society to an enviable height
At the investiture in Abuja, Dr Okobia said he would work to make the society more inclusive by involving members from diverse backgrounds to ensure that everyone has a place where their voices, knowledge and values are utilized for the development of the Nigerian Environmental Society and country at large
Dr Okobia also promised to establish a research and development unit for the strengthening of scientific knowledge base through research for mitigating environmental challenges.
‘’This will require the operationalisation of the society’s find-an-expert database, establishment of a research and development unit for strengthening scientific knowledge base through research’’ he stated
The Guest Speaker and Director General of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency NESREA Professor Aliyu Jauro said the agency had commenced implementation of the National Vehicular Emission Control Programme and National Generator Emission Control Programme to address air pollution problems in the country.
Professor Jauro said the implementation involve periodic testing of generators and vehicles for toxic emissions.
He explained that NESREA was engaging professional bodies such as the Nigerian Environmental Society to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment for all Nigerians.
He called on members of the Nigerian Environmental Society to support its new president Dr Efegbidiki Okobia to build an environmentally conscious society for the achievement of sustainable development in the country.
The Nigerian Environmental Society is a professional, non-profit, non-governmental body committed to advocacy and actions towards environmental protection, sustainable environmental development and promotion of environmental professionalism in Nigeria.
The Chairman of the occasion and Chief of Defence Staff General Leo Irabor represented by the Commander Defence Headquarters Garrison, Major General Elias Atu said a clean and healthy environment was important to the security of the larger society
Reporting by Daniel Adejo