Segun Babatunde in Bauchi
Board Board members of the Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA) have been enjoined to give their positive contributions for the success of the ongoing move of keeping the state clean by the present administration.
The State Commissioner for Environment and Housing,Hon Hamisu Muazu Shira made the call Thursday when he presided over the inauguration of the Board members of the Agency.
The Commissioner said the present administration of Governor Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed has come up with a robust plan of overcoming thenumerous environmental problems facing various communities of the state.
He said with the modern initiatives introduced by thecurrent Director-General of BASEPA, Dr Ibrahim Kabir, the Ministry will work assiduously in orderto achieve the desired objectives.
The Commissioner who is the Chairman of the Board, recalledthat, the present administration had considered as important, keeping the stateclean through proper waste and environmental management.
“I welcome you to this very important occasion which isyour inauguration as members of BASEPA Board, it is my hope and pray knowingfully what BASEPA stands for and what His Excellency Senator Bala AbdulkadirMohammed stands for especially in affect the waste management waste recycling,keeping Bauchi state clean not only Bauchi metropolis but all the cities of thestate, that you will give your support at all times.”
Hon Hamisu Shira mentioned some of the power of the Board which include, responsible for the formation of policies and general management of the Agency and cautioned them against engaging in a day to day management of the Agency.
He congratulated them for their well deserved appointment toserve as board members of BASEPA and reminded them of the task ahead of them ofsupporting the Agency to succeed in its constitutional mandate.
The Commissioner usedthe medium to emphasize the need for the importance of trees in the managementof the environment and therefore called on the board to work out modalities oftackling abuses of trees in the state.
“The importance of environmental sanitation to the health of the citizens cannot be overemphasized and we expect you to contribute your quota for the success of what the Agency is doing in that regard.”
The Director General of BASEPA, Dr Ibrahim Kabir on his part, said with members of the Board, the Agency will consolidate on achievements recorded in the area of environmental and waste management.
The Director General who is the Secretary of the Board whostressed the need for mutual understanding between the management and board,appealed to them to use their experiences to assist the agency to accessinterventions from donors for effective implementation of its policiesintroduced.
“The current management of BASEPA is different and I want to assure you that our doors are open not only to you, but to members of the public for suggestions and observations.” END