By Suzan Edeh
Bauchi â€” In its bid to reduce environmental hazards to the barest minimum in the country, the National Environmental Health Regulatory Council, NEHRC, has declared its intention to establish an Environment Institute in Nigeria which specialises in post-graduate degree.
Chairman of the council, Alhaji Yunusa Danyaya, who led a delegation of the council members on a courtesy visit to the Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Babayo Gamawa, in his office said the institute, which is first of its kind in West Africa, had chosen Nigeria because of its environmental advantages.
Represented by Chief Sunday Adeleke Ojuwale, Danyaya said the move was part of the councilâ€™s resolve to assist towards curtailing the damage caused by environmental hazards in the country, in addition to creating an awareness of how people can prevent these hazards.
According to him, â€œpresently, the National Environmental Health Regulatory Council has selected Bauchi and Oyo states for the establishment of the institution and we are in Bauchi to ascertain the level of commitment of the state towards the actualisation of the project and going by what is on ground, the state is ready for the establishment of this instituteâ€.
Alhaji Yunusa Mohammed Danyaya who is also the Emir of Ningi in Bauchi state, said they were at the Government House to solicit the support of the state government for the provision of the office and residential accommodation especially at the School of Health Technology, Ningi.