The National Environmental Standards Regulatory and Enforcement Agency (NESREA) has urged lawyers to adhere to rules and principles guiding environmental laws in their practice, to promote the health and safety of the environment.
The Director-General of NESREA, Prof. Aliyu Jauro, said this in a statement by the Chief Information Officer of the agency, Mrs Amaka Ejiofor, while receiving a Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) team in Abuja.
The statement said that the team, from Gwagwalada Branch, paid the agency a courtesy visit to seek a strong collaboration with the NESREA on effective environmental law.
Jauro said that the dearth of environmental lawyers was a major setback in the war against environmental crimes in the country.
He said that lack of knowledge in the area of environmental law was a serious challenge, adding that many lawyers were not abreast with issues of the environment.
In his words, “even though we have a lot of legislative framework on environmental issues, many lawyers are not really taking environmental issues seriously.
He, however, implored the lawyers to use public interest litigation to develop, enrich and promote the agency’s jurisprudence.
The Chairman of the NBA, Emmanuel Ogunjide, who led the team appreciated Jauro and his management for the numerous achievements recorded by the agency.