REMA DELEGATION AT ULK GISENYI
Monday 13th June 2016, ULK Gisenyi Campus had the privilege to house a conference on Environmental protection under the auspices of Rwanda Environment Management Authority which had delegated speakers. It was a four-man delegation made of Mr Ndizeye Eliezel from REMA, Prof. Kamatari Aloys, lecturer at former Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Education of Kibungo( INATEK), Mr. Rutikanga Adrien, lecturer at the University of Rwanda and Clarisse KAWERA, REMA Communication Officer.
As soon as the delegation settled at the campus, Mr. Manirakiza Jean Baptiste, event moderator, requested Dr. Munyamasoko Cyeze Emmanuel, DVC Academics, to lead participants in a word of prayer and subsequently welcome the visitors.
In his welcome note, Dr. Munyamasoko said that Rwanda is lucky to have scholars who move around to raise people’s awareness on various dangers that might hinder their lives. He said that the environment is for human beings to live decently while benefitting from what it has to deliver. He then requested participants, mostly students, to engage in intelligent listening as they will, in turn, disseminate the same message in their respective villages.
“Listen intelligently and stand ready to take the message in your respective village so as to inform people on the dangers affecting our environment. Remember, Jesus was one but his message changed the whole world”, he told them.
Having welcomed them, it was now the right time to hear from the visitors’ message. The first speaker to make it to the podium was Prof. Kamatari Aloys whose presentation mainly centered on the acronym POPs. As he explained, POPs are a set of toxic chemicals that are persistent in the environment and able to last for several years before breaking down. He added that POPs circulate globally and chemicals released in one part of the world can be deposited at far distances from their original source through a repeated process of evaporation and deposition. This makes it very hard to trace the original source of the chemical, thus endangering human lives.
Shortly after Prof. Kamatari had presented, he set the floor free for Mr. Rutikanga Adrien to supplement him. While supplementing, he focused on what is known as PCBs. As he clarified, the acronym stands for Polychlorinated Biphenyl which is an organic chlorine compound. Shedding more light on chemicals of this nature, he said that they were once widely deployed as dielectric and coolant fluids in electrical apparatus, transformers, carbonless copy paper and in heat transfer fluids.
Acronyms POPs and PCBs may sound unfamiliar to many people. But what may be known about them is their state of being unfriendly to humans and living creatures. It is in this respect that both presenters requested all participants to strive for being environmental activists by urging everyone to protect the environment through the avoidance of any form of pollutant.
The function ended in a question answer session, whereby a number of questions were asked and answered to the satisfaction of participants.