Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of the Environment has conducted air quality studies in the cities of Maiduguri, Port Harcourt, Aba, Lagos, Kano and Abuja.
Mr Ahmed Alfa, the Deputy Director (Pollution Control) of the ministry said on Friday in Abuja that the exercise was to determine the perceptible high level of air pollution by the fumes of vehicles and motorcycles.
He, however, noted that Maiduguri was selected for the study because of its hazy weather conditions.
Alfa said that the particulate matters (carbon monoxide) discovered in these cities were very high.
He noted that it was much higher than the levels identified by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as good and tolerable.
Alfa said that the ministry and other stakeholders would address issues relating to air pollution in urban areas, while coming up with a draft action plan on air quality management in the country.
He noted that Nigeria was among the few countries that had no air quality management procedures in place.
“Without knowing the air quality in our country, it will be very difficult to have anti-climate change strategies because the whole story of climate change is predicated on air pollution,’’ he said.
Alfa said that air quality monitoring was a vital issue that must attract the government’s priority attention.
“If adequate monitoring is given to air quality in Nigeria, it will help in reducing the effects of climate change and sicknesses, such as asthma and cancer, among others,’’ he said.
He noted with satisfaction that the Federal Government was currently giving priority attention to air quality management in the country.
Source African Press Agency
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