Nigeria turns spotlight on air pollution at World Environment Day

Climate Action Summit by<br />Federal Ministry of Environment. Photo/Twitter/FMEnvng Piqued by the disastrous effects of air pollution on humans and plants, environmental experts have advocated the enactment of clean Air Act to ensure a composite action against it.

With the economic impact of air pollution estimated to reach $2.2 trillion in 2060 globally, a legislative instrument, they said, should be used to fight the scourge with the Lagos State House of Assembly brazing the trail.

Founder, African Environmental Action Network (EANet-Africa), and former Head of Climate Change, Federal Ministry of Environment, Dr. Victor Fodeke, led the advocacy at the 2019 World Environment Day (WED) celebration organised by the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment.

Fodeke, who was a guest speaker in the event themed: “ Air Pollution – A Matter of Grave Concern”, noted that the Act exist in the United States, and was enacted through the advocacy of a legislator.

Also a member of the Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), and Director in the Lagos State Ministry of Environment, Mrs. Ronke Oduneye, who represented the Permanent Secretary at the event, said Lagos hosts about 60 per cent of the country’s industries and ranked among the top importers of power generating sets in the world with imports projected to reach $450 million in 2020.

According to the statistics of the energy agency, road transportation accounts for 91 per cent of the total consumption of petroleum products in Nigeria with the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) identifying Lagos State as the largest consumer of petroleum products, with 31 per cent of diesel and 16 percent of gasoline consumption in 2017 alone.

She therefore urged Lagosians to form new habits of protecting the air and the environment, stressing that a better environment can be more attainable if it becomes a way of life.

Similarly, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Abiodun Bamgboye, has implored Lagosians to join in the advocacy for a better climate through planting of trees in their surroundings.

Speaking at the launch of Danone (Fan Milk) One Planet One Health in Nigeria, and tree planting ceremony to make the WED, Mr. Bamgboye said the act of tree planting would help slow down the earth’s depleting ozone layer and boost healthy living.

According to Bamgboye, corporate efforts like tree planting and constructing drainages can make the difference in alleviating air pollution.

Founder of Danone, Antoine Riboud, said: “The WED, strongly reminded us that we have a duty to look after […]

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