A renowned environmental expert and former Director-General, Federal Environmental Protection Agency, Dr. Adegoke Adegoroye, has advised the Federal Government to create an environment fund to subsume the current Ecological Fund and cover the entire spectrum of environment problems and issues.
Donations and/or green taxes from corporate bodies can be paid into the fund in furtherance of their corporate environmental responsibility.
He also said that the Federal Government must as a matter of urgency make concrete investment in the development of infrastructure for environmental management and sustainability as a viable insurance against natural disasters such as floods, desertification and environmental degradation.
Adegoroye made the declaration at the 9th Annual Lecture of the School of Environmental Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure, and spoke on the theme: ‘From Research to Policy and Vision to Action. The challenge of Environmental Management in Nigeria’.
He stated that the path to the realisation of Nigeria’s dream in environmental management did not lie in the ‘agencification’ of every environmental problem, but in adapting the more balanced approach of channelling available resources to addressing those problems with a strong commitment to effective enforcement of the laws and regulations to pursue the vision encapsulated in the national policy.
Adegoroye, who served as the pioneer Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reform, said states taxes and conditions for resource extraction must take full account of the values of such resources, including the pollution and/or degradation that accompany their extraction as well as their replacement costs such that, in the case of renewable resources like timber, loggers and millers must be made to go into cooperatives that would establish plantations of their preferred species as replacement stocks for future generations.
Speaking on the role of research in environmental management, the don said it was imperative for the government, as a matter of public policy, to adopt research and development as an integral part of the national strategy for development and to pay more attention to research development funding.