The Nigerian Institution of Environmental Engineers have said the best way to preserve the environment was to adhere to the guidelines and regulations put in place by the government.
They spoke at the National Conference, Annual General Meeting (AGM)/Fellowship Dinner of the Nigerian Institution of Environmental Engineers (NIEE) at Alausa, Ikeja. NIEE is a division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), whose focus is on the safety environment.
Prof. Babagana Mohammed of the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Development Engineering, University of Maiduguri, said infrastructural development should be carried out without compromising the health and safety of the environment.
“By so doing, we don’t just end up putting in place very beautiful structures that will compromise the environment,” Mohammed said.
NSE’s former President Olumuyiwa Ajibola said the more technology man develops, the more danger to the Ecosystem.
According to him, “the convenience that plastics have brought to us and at the same time its disadvantages is a source of great concern for our lands because they can’t be degradable…”
A water and waste consultant, Mrs Sindhuja Krishnaa, called for better treatment of wastewater. She said the three processes treatment of wastewater were evaporation, membrane distillation and temperature swing solvent extraction, adding: “All these will help enhance a sustainable environment.”
NIEE’s National Chairman Olalekan Ajani said sustainable environment through infrastructural development does not only enable sound economic development, but also job creation for environmental experts and the purchase of local goods and services.