The Federal Government on Thursday said it sealed 269 facilities for violating environmental regulations.
The government said it conducted environmental compliance monitoring on more than 8,122 corporate facilities between 2012 and 2022.
Director-General, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Prof. Aliyu Jauro, disclosed this in Abuja, while briefing newsmen on the National Environmental Compliance Award (NECA).
Jauro said the NECA, which would be organised by the agency, was scheduled for December 6.
“The NESREA has carried out numerous compliance monitoring and enforcement exercises across the 36 states of the country, with many facilities being sealed for violating the provisions of environmental laws.
“The agency, in the course of carrying out its mandates, observed that some facilities were assiduously working hard to comply with the regulations on environment.
“These facilities to some significant extent have succeeded in promoting best practices and adopting sustainability in their operations,” he said.
He said the agency had developed and gazetted 35 environmental regulations across the difference sector of the economy since its inception.
He said the regulations had served as a benchmark for the compliance monitoring activities of the agency.
He said the agency was not quick to sanction facilities, rather it ensured that it issues notices of compliance concerns, and abatement notices after compliance monitoring visits to the facilities.
“It is only when these facilities refuse to comply with the provisions of the notification of compliance concerns and after numerous visits that the agency goes ahead to sanction them. (NAN)