The day was set aside following a declaration by the United Nations conference on Human Environment held in Stockholm, Sweden in June 1972.
The conference sets out criteria and common principles that would provide the global population inspiration and guidance for preserving and improving on the environment.
Speaking on the significance of the Day, the Deputy Head of Department, Environmental and Operational Health Unit, Ministry of Health, Enugu, Mr. Amos Chinenye, expressed worry over the people’s negligence of the environment.
In an interview, the Director Public Health Service, Ministry of Health, Enugu, Doctor Okechukwu Ossai explained that there was the need for citizens to be well enlightened on the importance of clean, safe and conducive environment.
The Chairman, Trade Union Congress, Comrade Chukwuma Igbokwe, called on government to enforce existing environmental laws and enact new ones in line with current realities.
A resident, Miss Juliet Nwakocha, also urged government to set up industrial layouts in every parts of the country to reduce environmental pollution.
She advised Nigerians to be more sensitive to the environment and live up to their part of the responsibility of protecting the environment.