Expert Charged Government on Environmental Pollution Management
An Environmental and Analytical Chemist, Dr. John Paul Unyimadu has called on government at all levels, including their agencies as well as other stakeholders to adequately prepare, in order to effectively handle the management of all Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) contaminations in Nigeria environment and ensure that no additional risks to human health and environment are taken.
Unyimadu also recommend constant monitoring of the entire Nigerian environment and remediation of the heavily contaminated sites.
He made the recommendation recently while presenting a paper on “The Role of Chemists in Managing Nigeria’s Environmental Problems in the Marine and Coastal Zones,” at the monthly Town and Gown Interaction organised by the Department of Chemistry, Covenant University, Ota.
Unyimadu, who is the Head, Physical and Chemical Oceanography Department of Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research, Lagos, also called for outright ban of the use of plastic and plastic bags as well as reduction in the burning of fossil fuels to help reduce Carbonmonoxide.
“If our knowledge and capabilities fail to keep pace with our everyday practices, we doubtlessly endanger our common future. The scientific advances in Chemistry together with those of other organisations and laboratories can lead the way in preserving our precious ecological inheritance, the ocean,” he told the participants.
He had earlier highlighted the high concentrations of PCBs in water, fish tissue and sediment in the Nigerian environment and the potential health implications for biota and human population.
Unyimadu also emphasised the contributions of the oil industry, city sewage, industrial effluents and agricultural run offs to the pollution of water which are devastating to people, animals, fish and birds. This, he said, made the water unsuitable for drinking, recreation, agriculture and industrial use.