The Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) has begun moves to set up a centre for environmental justice/health.

Speaking at an event to mark the 2015  World Environment Day, FUTO Vice Chancellor, Prof. Chigozie Asiabaka, said the institution considered it necessary, in view of the increasing man-made environmental degradation and negative impacts caused on human lives around the country.

The centre would thus enlighten people more on how to handle environmental issues, including human rights.

Asiabaka also commended keynote Speaker, Dr. Beverly Wright, who is also the Executive Director of Deep South Centre for Environmental Justice, Louisiana, United States for opening the eyes of environmentalists on the excesses of some petro-chemical, electronics and vehicle manufacturing companies in the United States.

Speaking further, Asiabaka regretted that some environmentally-unfriendly practices were hampering the nation, stressing that her centre has outlined steps to handle the situation, and urged people to protect their environment.