The National Environmental Standards and regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) is a Parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Environment was established by NESREA (Establishment) Act, 2007, thus repealing the Federal Environmental Protection Agency Act Cap F 10 LFN 2004. The Act was signed into law by His Excellency, President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, GCFR and published in the Federal Republic of Nigeria Official Gazette No. 92. Vol. 94 of 31st July, 2007.
NESREA among other things is empowered to enforce all environmental laws, guidelines, policies, standards and regulations in Nigeria, as well as enforcing compliance with the provisions of all international agreements, protocols, conventions and treaties on the environment to which Nigeria is a signatory. The vision and Mission of NESREA “to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment for Nigerians” and “to inspire personal and collective responsibility in building an environmentally conscious society for the achievement of sustainable development in Nigeria”.
NESREA has recorded some milestones since inception in 2007, and within the framework of the 7-Point Agenda of Mr. President, particularly with regards to wealth creation; human capital development; national security and intelligence; land tenure and home ownership; and food security.
NESREA is currently headed by Dr. (Mrs) Ngeri S. Benebo.