FG Introduces Programmes to Reduce Air Pollution
The federal government has flagged off the National Generator Emission Control Programme (NGECP) and the National Vehicular Emission Control Programme (NVECP) in order to reduce air pollution in the country. Speaking at the official flag-off of the two programmes in Abuja on Monday, the Minister of Environment, Muhammed Abdullahi, said though vehicles commuting between communities play a key role in the socio-economic development of the country, but they continued to remain one of the biggest contributors to air pollution. The minister said: “It is worthy of mentioning that road transportation in Nigeria with over 12 million vehicles plying the roads is playing a key role in the socio-economic development of country. Unfortunately, despite significant advances in fuel efficiency and emission reductions, the transport sector remained one of the major sources of air pollution in Nigeria.” He equally lamented that fume from the generating sets, which are patronized by many Nigerians, equally contribute massively to the air pollution in the country, adding that: “Demand for electricity in Nigeria is currently increasing more above the supply from the national grid. A significant proportion of this shortfall is met with onsite generating sets at consumer locations; some of these gensets operating between 15-18 hours a day.