Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Delta State Ministry Of Environment, Environment Agencies Develop Plan of Action To Solve Operational Constraints.

In it's determination to achieve its mandate, Delta State Ministry of Environment and it's Agencies, have developed plans of action in solving operational constraints.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr (Mrs) Minnie Oseji stated this when she visited Delta State Environmental Protection Agency (DELSEPA) and the Delta State Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project (NEWMAP) in Asaba.
Addressing newsmen after the familiarization visit, the Permanent Secretary acknowledged the agencies' potentials to protect the environment and prevent hazardous matters from constituting health hazards to Deltans.
Dr. Oseji observed that the Science Laboratory of DELSEPA remained underutilized, stressing that the plan of action was to develop inventories of the equipment to determine their conditions for change or repairs, and the nominal roll of staff to ascertain their competence and sufficiency.

She stressed that not much has been done since the inception of the agency (DELSEPA) in the laboratory, saying that it is not just the political commitment that we should be looking for, but also the professional commitment.

According to Dr Oseji, ‘’We all need to be passionate about what we are doing so that we can find a way to make best use of the limited resources at our disposal. So, we are looking forward to an improvement.''

The Permanent Secretary charged NEWMAP to develop key performance indicators, for Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E), which would be taken seriously to achieve results and justify resources deployed for projects.

In his remarks, the General Manager, DELSEPA, Sir Victor Okolie, expressed confidence in the professional prowess of the Permanent Secretary to revive the agency, even as he called on the state government to consider injecting more funds into the agency for better performance.

Also, Director of Administration, NEWMAP, Mr Jacob Kahgo who briefed the Permanent Secretary on the structure and achievements of the projects since its inception, worried of the negative behaviors of residents towards the environment.

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