About Us

Background Information

Ondo State Environmental Protection Agency (OSEPA) is the environmental regulator for Ondo State code-named “the watch dog of the State environment”. The Agency was created in line with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Section 11, 20 which States that “The State shall protect and improve the environment and safeguard the water, air, land, forest and wildlife of Nigeria”. The agency is also an offshoot of Ondo State Environmental Protection Agency Law 1993.

Objectives

The main objective of the Agency is to protect and improve the environment. The Agency is to achieve this by working closely with public and private organizations, industries, business and non-governmental organization to achieve compliances by providing technical/ professional assistance to combat the myriad of environmental challenges within the State. The Agency will research into the quality of all water bodies in the State and establish a baseline data for references as well as carry out regular monitoring of the quality of underground, surface and potable water for public health safety.

Roles & Responsibility

The agency shall conduct studies in partnership with research organizations and agencies on air quality, to develop air quality management database for the State, as well as carrying out inventory of emission for statutory and mobile sources for control purpose. ODSEPA will encourage Best Available Technology (BAT) for organizations that impact significantly on the environment, to meet regulatory standards for safe and healthy environment.

With a view to fulfilling its statutory mandates, the Agency shall accredit environmental consultants that will not compromise on professionalism in delivering deliverables in any projects engaged in, while the impacts of their activities are annually reviewed and audited by the Agency

The Agency will keep all environmental records as well as publish a wide variety of research publications or environmental reports. For a successful regulation of the state of environment in Ondo state, ODSEPA will establish a strong collaboration with other MDAs not limited to Ministry of Environment, Ministry of  Water Resources & Public Sanitation, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Commerce and industry, Ministry of Physical Planning etc.

 As an implementing department of state’s policies on the environment, the Agency is committed to work with all relevant environment stakeholders including national and international agencies on environment, while working under the ambit of national, state and local government laws (on the environment), multilateral, treaties, agreements, conventions & protocols entered into by stakeholders with respect to the environment.

Strategy

  • To deploy technology for the monitoring of environmental parameters i.e. air quality, clean water etc.
  • To enforce compliance with environmental laws, regulations and guidelines by the industries
  • To reduce plastic pollution by encouraging re-use, refusal and recycling
  • To make available emergency phone lines for public complaints and reporting
  • Develop Policy guidelines for control of Noise pollution
  • Aggressive Sensitization and Advocacy via Stakeholders Engagement and use of the media
  • To create sampling points for periodic baseline data acquisition and monitoring across the State
  • To establish an environmental data bank for reference information and evaluation
  • To register and monitor chemical storage facilities across the State

Objectives

In line with the provisions of CAP 50, Section 4[a-f] of the SEPA Law, the following are the objectives:

  • To encourage a productive and enjoyable harmony between man and his environment:
  • To promote efforts which will prevent or eliminate damage to the environment and biosphere and the health welfare of Ondo State people in general:
  • To enrich the understanding of the ecological systems and natural resources important to Ondo State:
  • To ensure the compliance of any development project with Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), State planning permits and regulations guiding development:
  • To prepare, or cause to be prepared by contract, an environmental impact statement on any major action it proposes or approves which may have a significant effect on the environment:
  • To carry out such other activities as are necessary and expedient for the full discharge of the functions of the Agency under this Law.