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Engineers calls for effective environmental management 

Yemi Olakitan

The Nigerian Institute of Environmental Engineers (NIEE) Abuja Chapter on Tuesday, urged for effective environmental management to stop the spread of dangerous diseases throughout the nation.

This was stated at the 2022 Valerie Agberagba Clean, Renewable and Energy Efficiency Competition (CREEC), and Public Lecture, in Abuja by Mrs. Lynda Elesa, Chairman of the NIEE, Abuja branch.

This week, Elesa—who will step down as NIEE chairman—said that the engineers had assembled approximately 12 schools in the FCT for an environmental competition. According to her, the competition’s main goal is to educate kids about the value of cleanliness, and one of the activities is to pay tribute to CREEC.

The program’s goal, according to her, is to advance the ideas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while also encouraging the next generation to use their imaginations and abilities to harness renewable energy.

She claimed that the programme will promote environmental sustainability in the nation as well as increase energy efficiency.

“An icon in the renewable energy industry organised the competition and lecture to prepare the following generation of clean energy entrepreneurs and inventors.

Additionally, it is anticipated that students would actively promote environmental reform in their neighborhoods and across the nation.

The children must also be able to recognize environmental issues and offer solutions to them, she added.

“It is crucial to understand that the environment is a necessary component of our existence and, if correctly managed, may be a fruitful resource that boosts our economic growth for both the present and future generations.

“If improperly managed, it is easily dangerous and can make people unwell.

“People have refused to do the correct thing and don’t care about taking adequate care of our environment because of ignorance, poverty, overpopulation, greedy, and other factors, among others.

“Filthy environments have contributed to natural disasters including biodiversity loss, flooding, the spread of contagious diseases, and others.

“It is good for us to realize that everything within it is in danger if the environment is not healthy,” she said. In his presentation on “Innovations for Environmental Sustainability in Nigeria,” Mr. Umar Jibrin, a former secretary of the Federal Capital Development Authority, claimed to have covered every facet of the environmental issues facing the nation.

Jibrin, another guest speaker, noted that environmental degradation has been a concern on a global scale and added that there is still much to be done to address the issues.

“The presentation covered every aspect of flooding, problems with managing solid waste, and concerns with insufficient water supply, all of which have been resolved.

“We must address the challenges of solid waste management and other issues. To ensure that the concerns are addressed, other private sectors must join together, he said. Additionally, the CREEC’s founder and general manager of renewable energy, Mrs. Valerie Agberagba, stated that the engineers planned programmes for the students to help them understand the value of renewable energy.

“The younger generation has a lot of talent, therefore the competitions will help to address the nation’s environmental concerns.

The student-organized workshops and seminars will introduce them to these technologies, she claimed. The Valerie Agberagba initiative was inspired by environmental challenges, according to Mr. Sesan Odukoya, national chairman of the NIEE.

He saw innovation as a crucial factor in the growth and modernization of enterprises and technologies. “Innovation can also refer to new knowledge and ideas. Power and other important energy sources, such as renewable energy, help the nation develop, according to him.

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