As Sierra Leone continues to face environmental challenges, awareness raising on environmental protection remains a key priority on the Agency‟s Strategic Plan. As a way of reinforcing its partnerships with learning institutions the Executive Chairman EPASL, Prof. Jaward has launched the “capacity building and awareness raising campaign on environmental Management and quality control at Njala University campus, Mokonde. Prof. Jaward had been invited to deliver a keynote address at this event which was organized by the student Union government of Njala University. Delivering his keynote address, Prof. Jaward commended the students for their resourcefulness and dedication and noted that the project was consistent with President Bio‟s vision on environmental protection in Sierra Leone.
He recalled that shortly after taking office as Executive Chairman of the EPA, he realized that “environmental protection and management in Sierra Leone may never be attained if the vast majority of people continue to be illinformed about the factors that are responsible for the depletion of our environment”. He further noted that young people were an important asset in the development of Sierra Leone and that the task they had set themselves was one that would contribute positively towards the realization of his objectives as head of the EPASL. Prof. Jaward mentioned a number of other priority areas which he said were intended to change the narrative in terms of environmental protection and management in Sierra Leone. These measures include the development of sector specific Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Legislations/ Regulations fees for environmental compliance, development of a National Integrated Waste Management Strategy, nation-wide tree planting,
vehicle Emissions testing and other sources of emissions, development of a National Communication Strategy on Environmental Education and Awareness Raising, Capacity Building and Logistics Support for effective environmental monitoring and governance and the harmonization of sector environmental policy and legislation for proper environmental protection and management in Sierra Leone. The Head of department of Environmental Chemistry, Njala University, and Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Alhaji Brima Geogra, commended EPA for its financial support without which, according to him, the programme would not have materialized. Dr. Geogra admonished the students to continue to support EPA in its drive to improve environmental management in Sierra Leone. Other dignitaries at the ceremony included the Managing Director of MIRO and a representative from the Welt Hunger Hilfe (WHH), a German NGO based in Kenema.
Executive Chairman, Dr. Jaward making a statement in Mokonde