Ways of improving public health through the enforcement of environmental laws and regulations in the Niger delta topped discussion at the memorial lecture of senior Advocate of Nigeria NWOBIDIKE NWANODI.
Speaking at the first memorial lecture with the Theme: THE IMPACT OF ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION ON HUMAN HEALTH AND THE CHALLENGES OF INTERPRETATION AND ENFORCEMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS AND REGULATIONS IN THE NIGER DELTA, NIGERIA.
The head of service Rivers state Mr. Rufus Godwin Esq,JP said neglect of the environment has led to erratic behaviors in humans and unpredictable weather conditions.
Head of service Rufus Godwin who is also the Key note speaker at the memorial lecture called on every one to pay more attention in the preservation of the environment.
In her welcome address widow of the late legal Icon Mrs. JUDITH NWANODI who is also the Chairperson of SELEMATI Foundation extol the virtues of her late husband. She said Nwaobidike set up his law practice in Port Harcourt in November 1959, he had a distinguished career spanning 53 years during which he practiced in the district courts, magistrate courts, state and federal high courts, courts of Appeal, and Supreme court of Nigeria.
She said Nwobidike was unwavering independent minded, bold, courageous, principled and formidable opponents, His Oratory was legendary and his forensic advocacy phenomenal. For him, legal knowledge and skills were a resource for touching the lives of people and for the protection of the rights of the less privileged. He was an apostle for whatever he adjudged to be the truth, equitable and just, not minding whose ox was gored
For her part a director of the Selemati foundation, Dame Aleruchi Cokey-gam said the aim of the foundation is to bequeath a sustainable environment to the younger generation.
She said the vision of the SELEMATI FOUNDATION is inspiring Nigerians to be global academic leaders who have a transformative impact on the lives of the marginalized people through their collaborative research in the fields of the environmental studies, law and Medicine
Our correspondent reports that the panel of discussants was by DR. KANU CHUKWUNENEYE and PROFESSOR T.K ABAM