From: Bamidele Fashube, Abuja
The Federal Government on Friday says it is working ‘aggressively’ to implement the Low Sulphur Policy and Ozone Friendly Refrigerator Policy as part of measures to ensure safe and conducive environment.
Mrs Ibukun Odusote, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Environment, disclosed this at the National Press Centre, even as the ministry officially commiserates the World Environment Day (WED) 2019 in Abuja. This year celebration was themed ‘Air Pollution”.
She said some of the efforts from the ministry were targeted towards reversing the adverse effects of both land and air pollution with the resultant effects on population, the ecosystem and economy.
“In line with the vision of the present administration therefore, the ministry has over the years worked assiduously to make the environment safe for productivity. This particularly underscores the interventions of the ministry in the areas of pollution and waste management by creating waste recycling projects in various states of the federation,” says Odusote.
“In addition, the ministry is aggressively pursuing the low sulphur policy and ozone friendly refrigerator policy.”
The PS, represented by Director of Human Resources Management, Daniang Peter described impact of inhaling unclean air as frightening.
According to her, an estimated 7 million people worldwide die untimely due to direct or indirect breathing of poor air quality.
“It is also estimated that 92 per cent of the world population breath unclean air and this has a cost the global economy a whooping $3.5 trillion on yearly basis.”
“….most worrisome is the issue of ozone layer depletion that has over the years gradually exacerbated the ever increasing world temperature with the resultant effects on agriculture, human and biodiversity in general.
In her remarks, Dr Bolatito Obisesan, Director of Planning, Research and Statistics disclosed that the nation’s economy cannot function in isolation from the environment.
While calling for a sustainable solution to managing the pollution challenge, she listed Onitsha, Aba, Kaduna and Umuahia as some of the top polluted cities in the country.
“The control measures have not been very effective and fully enforced. We need to have sustainable solutions such as vehicle inspection, enforcement of legislations, effective refuse collection and evacuation and steady supply of electricity to stop gasoline generators.”
According to her, industrial emissions, fuel wood also pose acute environmental problems.