The 5th Regional Stakeholders’ Discussion on Environment and Safety held at University of Ibadan ended with an eleven point communiqué.
A five man communiqué drafting committee was formed by the stakeholders with members from the MDAs, the civil society and the media. The committee was headed by Engr. Olufeko Olufemi a director from the federal ministry of communication and digital economy. At the end of the discussion, the stakeholders presented the following communiqué:
- The government should encourage Synergy between stakeholders to enhance inter agency collaborations for efficient service delivery and enhanced environmental safety
- There should be aggressive awareness creation to sensitize the masses on safe environment management
- Road Safety should be incorporated into environmental safety
- Integrated waste management systems should be adopted by governments of southern Nigeria. Central treatment plants should be constructed at the industrial areas to monitor and ensure wastes are well treated before being released.
- Inter sector approach should be engaged to address environmental issues
- There should be movement from linear economy to circular economy where waste will be recycled and turned into wealth, encourage youth development and productivity
- Safety, health and environmental management should be introduced into the school curriculum so that the knowledge will be impacted into the younger ones as they are growing up.
- The government must rise up to show the political will and leadership commitment to ensure safety of the environment and the people.
- The citizen should volunteer to take up responsibility of their environment by writing the appropriate quarters, speaking up and also taking action to save the environment
- Environmental safety volunteers, civil servants and other stakeholders should be encouraged to effectively in order to serve humanity better.
- The media should stand up and play a key role in sensitization on waste management and other issues of environmental safety.