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JOURNAL OF RESEARCH IN NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT VOLUME 2 NO 1 OCTOBER 2006

PUBLIC SECTOR MANAGEMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT:

A CASE STUDY OF THE RIVERS STATE GOVERNMENT

BY

EMENIKE G. C.
DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
UNIVERSITY OF PORT HARCOURT
CHOBA, RIVERS STATE

AND

ASUKA EBIYE
DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY
NIGER DELTA UNIVERSITY
WILBERFORCE ISLAND, AMASOMA
BAYELSA STATE

ABSTRACT
Environment concerns have long occupied public attention. In 1970 the environment was described, as the issue of the years in 1972 there was the United Nation Stock Holm conference on problems of the human environment. In Nigeria, the problem attained the status of an emergency with the dumping of toxic waste in Koko, Delta state by five Italian ships in 1988 part of government response to the situation was the creation of the federal environmental protection agency by Decree No 58 of 1988 and the expansion of its mandate by Decree No 59 of 1992 to incorporate Bio-Diversity Conservation and Sustainable Development of Nigeria’s national resources. In Rivers state public sector measures to manage the environment, span the Noise control Edit No 20 of 1985, the Environmental Sanitation Edict No 5 of 1986 and the Rivers state Environmental Protection Agency Edict No 2 of 1994 in this article public section environment management issues are treated. The conclusion is that government must demonstrate the will and commitment to protect and manage the Nigeria environment for present and future generations.

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