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2010 World Environment Day Celebration


A one-day workshop was organized by the National Center for Energy and Environment University of Benin an Agency of the Energy Commission of Nigeria (ECN) in collaboration with the Edo State Ministry of Environment and Public Utilities on June 04, 2010 at Baden-Baden Motel, Sapele Road, Benin City. The workshop was attended by Government officials, academic community, journalists, Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs) as well as other stakeholders in private companies and industries.

 

Objectives of the Workshop

i.    To elicit the environmental elements in decision-making, make every level and form of social organization develop strategies/policies for the use and conservation or resources and sustainable energy
ii.    To provoke participatory approach among companies in the service and production industries in enforcing compliance with environmental laws, policies and guidelines; and
iii.    To translate stakeholders’ environmental concern into action programmes to internalize externalities and imbibe precautionary principles as well as clean up and regulation methods.

Technical Session and Discussion

The technical session which had three resource persons from different fields was chaired by Prof.  Lawrence I. N. Ezemonye.
Papers presented were:
Paper 1: Water Pollution and Water Quality Control by Prof. I.K.E Ekwezor of the Dept. of Applied and Environmental Biology, River State University of Science and Technology, Port-Harcourt
Paper 2: Energy Efficiency, Energy Audit and Energy Labeling by Engr. Okon N. Ekpenyong,
Paper 3: Air pollution and Attendant Consequences by Dr E.E Ukpebor, Assistance Dean, Faculty of Physical Sciences, University of Benin, Benin City


Observations

•    Participants commended the efforts and significant contributions of the National Centre for Energy and Environment and the Edo State Ministry of Environment and Public Utilities towards energy conservation and environmental management and protection which they are demonstrating through organizing awareness and sensitization programmes
•    it was observed that the absence of laws and enforcement measures in Edo State are largely responsible for the continued degradation of the environment.
•    it is observed that many industries in Edo State operate without eco-friendly policies.


Resolutions

At the end of the technical session the following resolutions were made
•    More sensitization/ awareness programmes on energy efficiency should be organized in the rural communities on energy conservation needs and ethics;
•    Intensification of Research, Development and Production of clean energy technologies like renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation;
•    There is need for population control to reduce pressure on the earth resources;
•    Establishing appropriate institutional framework focusing on renewable energy development, energy efficiency and conservation in Nigeria;
•    There should be a follow-up programmes on energy auditing to avoid energy wastage;
•     Guideline and basic regulatory on effluent disposal by industries in Edo state should be enforced by the government;
•     Planting of trees should be encouraged at levels of government;
•    Waste disposal practice should be improved upon to ensure that adequate compliance to sound practices is attained;
•    Adequate incentives to promote the demand, supply and local manufacture of
energy-efficient systems should be provided by the government.