The Registrar and CEO, Environmental Health Officers Registration Council (EHORECON), Dr Yakubu Mohammed Baba over the weekend have tasked the Bauchi state government with the need to domestication of public health laws in the state.
Dr Yakubu Baba made the request at the official commissioning ceremony of the mobile court hall and enforcement centre for the Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA) held at the agency’s premises in Bauchi.
The Registrar observed that domestication of the laws will enable the environmental health practitioners in the state to discharge their responsibilities effectively so as to minimize the number of environmental challenges.
Dr Yakubu Baba who commissioned the court enforcement centre called for its proper utilization and assured of the continued support of the council to the state government to achieve the desired objectives.
“Let me congratulate the Bauchi State Government under the able leadership of Governor Bala Mohammed, for his investment in environmental health.
“For the BASEPA to achieve its new mandate and objectives, the Council is calling on the Honorable Commissioner to chair a technical session with the support of the Council to ensure the domestication of Public Health Laws in Bauchi which will help the environmental health practitioners in the state to consolidate on the gains put in place by His Excellency, the Governor.”
In his remark, the Director-General, Bauchi State Environmental Protection Agency (BASEPA), Dr Ibrahim Kabir said the establishment of the state of the art mobile environmental enforcement court is part of the new strategy of ensuring total compliance with environmental laws in the state.
Dr Ibrahim Kabir noted that, with the commissioning of the enforcement unit, the agency will enforce compliance on public health laws as any violator of the laws will be prosecuted, saying, the environmental officers across the state with the coming up with the mobile enforcement, will work assiduously in order to curb the menace of environmental violation in the state.
“This mobile court is the first of its kind and it will give us the opportunity to regulate and checkmate the activities of the members of the public on environmental issues.
With this commissioning, the people of Bauchi state will expect a new clean environment, BASEPA has a mandate to ensure a clean environment for all in Bauchi state and for us to enforce compliance on environmental laws, we need a functional mobile court,” he said.