COMMISSIONING OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE LABORATORY AND AWARD PRESENTATION CEREMONY
BAUCHI STATE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (BASEPA)
THE BAUCHI STATE GOVERNOR
HIS EXCELLENCY SANETOR BALA MUHAMMAD KAURA
30TH NOVERMBER, 2020
Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA) is a regulatory and servicing agency under the Ministry of Environment, responsible for the protection and cleanliness of the environment in the state.
The Agency held a function that recognizes the presence of the Executive Governor of Bauchi state, His Excellency, Sen. Bala. A. Muhammed (Kauran Bauchi). The event was also attended by Hon. Commissioner Ministry of Housing and Environment Hon. Hamisu Mu’azu Shira (Sarkin Fadan Katagum), Secretary to the State Government (Muhammed Sabiu Baba), Dr. Yakubu Muhammed Baba (Registrar/CEO) Registration Council of Nigeria (EHORECON), Hon. Musa Wakili Nakwada (Chairman House Committee on Environment and Forestry) Bauchi state house of assembly, Dr. Ibrahim Kabir, MNES (DG) BASEPA.
Other important dignitaries that were present include former DGs of BASEPA, Permanent Secretaries, Head of Civil Service, Hon. Commissioners and CEOs of Boards and Parastatals, Bauchi State Chief Judge, the Grand Khadi, State Party Chairman PDP, Honorable Members Bauchi state House of Assembly, Executive Director SISDev with team and other representatives of the NGOs.
SISDev was specially invited to attend the occasion and participate in an exhibition. SISDev was represented in the event by the volunteer ED, Mrs Titi Yakubu, who gave a Goodwill Message on Behalf of the Board Trustee to the Governor and other dignitaries. Others at the SISDev stand were Fatima Kabir (program assistant) and a volunteer (Gabriel Ochala).
COMMISSIONING AND INAUGURATION OF THE FIRST ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE LABORATORY AT BASEPA:
Governor Bala Abdulkadir Muhammed Kaura launched the first Environmental science laboratory in the state. It was designed to carry out water quality Test and soil analysis of more than 15 parameters. The Governor, while commissioning the project also stated that, the laboratory will serve as a center for testing the quality of three environmental components (water, soil and plants).
The laboratory is equipped with advanced machines/ technologies that can perform environmental scan before any implementation. In addition, the laboratory will also serve as a center for keeping variety of samples. Furthermore, the Governor urged BASEPA to perform environmental – scan of the 20 local governments of the state. This is to identify the environmental issues and problems that may arise, in order to implement action or proffer solutions to the problems using the guidelines of Best Management Practice (BMP). In addition, budget provision should be made by the agency in order to implement and tackle the issues.
Similarly, the Governor stated that, his government is not only protecting the environment, but rather preserving it for future generations. He added that, the state has now been declared as the cleanest Environment in the North Eastern region of Nigeria. Furthermore, the Governor stressed that guidelines, policies and rules are being formulated by his Government in order to sensitize the populace of the state on their roles and responsibilities with regards to having a clean environment.
Furthermore the Governor added that, his administration has created a draft policy for waste management practice in Bauchi state which is under review by various stakeholders in order to ensure a clean environment.
Finally, clean-up Nigeria gave an award of excellence to the Governor of Bauchi State in his effort for ensuring environmental cleanliness schemes in Bauchi state. During the event, the Registrar/CEO of environmental Health officer’s registration council of Nigeria, Dr. Yakubu Muhammed adorned the governor as a Fellow of the Council.
During the program the DG narrated that various organizations have interest and willingness with regards to collaboration and partnership with the Agency in order to achieve good environmental practice. Goodwill messages were given by the Registrar General, EHORECON, president ISOPON and Executive Director (SISDev) of whom which are partners to the agency.
At the end of the program, the Governor went round with his entourage to various NGO stands in order to view their exhibition.
- Based on the Best Management Practice (BMP) policies formulated by Government, there is the need for regular conduction of exercise to ensure that, populace abide by the policy with regards to their implementation or the Government should collaborate with relevant stake holders to ensure regular checkup exercise.
- Appropriate protective wears should not be over emphasized with regards to workers during any project exercise, so as to avoid the impairment of health or minimize any risk or hazard associated with a project.
- The implementation of penalties or fines needs to be reviewed with regards to improper disposal of waste and deforestation
- Timely payment of workers in every project exercise will enhance success in its implementation.
- The role of BASEPA, needs to be reviewed in order to strengthen its capacity with regards to solid waste management.
Fatima. M. Kabir.